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What Does APA Say?
The instructions for the annotation can be found in section 9.51 in the 7th edition of the APA Guide. It instructs that you:
- Format and order the citations as you would for the reference list (alphabetically by first author's last name with a hanging indent).
- Block indent .5 inches from the left margin for each annotation, if it is one paragraph. This lines up with the hanging indent.
- Additionally tab indent the first line of the second and following paragraphs, if there is more than one paragraph in the annotation.
- Maintain double spacing for both the citation and the annotation.
A sample can be seen in figure 9.3 (pp.308-309) in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association : The Official Guide to APA Style (7th ed.). BF76.7 .P83 2020
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