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AC 102 Ethics in Addiction Counseling - Perkins: Annotated Bibliographies

Annotated Bibliography format example

Be sure to include all of the information required: Group Topic, APA citation and your summary.  *You do not need to include in-text citations in Annotated Bibliographies, as you are discussing a single article.

Annotated Bibliography format example

Dr. J's questions to think about/answer when writing your annotated bibliography:

For some of the topics, which may be more policy-based, these questions may be less relevant.

  • What was the research question or hypothesis being made by the particular article?
  • What population was studied - How were the subjects selected?
  • What control of subjects, if any, were used (source of subjects)?
  • What measurement of the data or facts was used (questionnaire, interview)?
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the research.
  • How valid and reliable are the findings, opinions and conclusions presented by the article (based on the research methods i.e. selected of subjects, instruments used, retrospective, prospective etc)?
  • Your summary and conclusion regarding this article.

Annotated Bibliography Help


How To Copy and Format the APA Citation into your Document

Each of your article submissions will include the complete APA formatted citation of ONE article followed by the abstract. You will then type your summary of the article below the citation and abstract. 


1: The easiest way to get the citation and abstract is by copying the information from the database into your Word doc. Go into your email,  find the article record (you remembered to email yourself the article, yes?) and click on the link to go back to the article in the database - if you are off-campus you will need to log in with your MyWCC userID and password.


Email with link to article from database




2: Open a Word Document or Google Docs doc

3: From the article record in the database, click on the CITE button and scroll to APA. Copy (highlight then hit ctrl + c):

Copy APA citation from database



4: Paste (ctrl + V) the citation into your document file:

Unformatted APA citation


5: After deleting the URL, the citation may still not be formatted correctly, so highlight the entire citation:

Unformatting APA citation


6: Go to Format > Paragraph in the toolbar (or click on the arrow at the bottom of the Paragraph section of the Word toolbar.)

Paragraph tools in Word



7: Choose Hanging under SPECIAL and Double under LINE SPACING > OK.

Paragraph tools: Hanging indent and double spacing


(Note: GoogleDocs does not have a hanging indent function, but a workaround is shown at the following link: 



Ta daa! You now have a pretty APA formatted citation.

Properly formatted APA citation


Go back to the article citation and scroll down to the abstract. Highlight and copy like before and paste that into your doc under the citation for your article. The Abstract does not need to be double spaced.


Article citation with abstract below


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