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Nursing: Research Toolkit (APA Citation & More!)

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"Best Bet" Citation Resources:

Need to Cite Resources from Micromedex or CareNotes? Follow the guidelines in the handout linked here:

Helpful Plagiarism Resources from APA  and the COD Library

Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography may be required as a part of your coursework

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  • An annotated bibliography is a list of citations for various books, articles, and other sources used in your paper/project
  • The annotated bibliography looks like a Reference page but includes an annotation (a brief paragraph) after each source cited
  • Annotated bibliographies can be part of a larger research project, or can be a stand-alone
  • If required, annotated bibliographies should be double-spaced 
  • Content of annotations varies dependent upon assignment and instructor preference
  • Many COD instructors require that in 3-5 sentences you explain two things in your annotated bibliography:
    • 1.) the reasons why you think the source is credible (see Evaluating Sources) and
    • 2.) how this resource fits into your final project (for example, it has overview information, it provides treatment options, etc) 
  • APA does not specify the content of annotations so be sure to check with your instructor about what should be included
  • Formatting of annotations can vary. Some guides suggest that annotations should be block indented five spaces, other guides recommend block indenting five spaces plus two (for a total of seven spaces). Check with your instructor for preferred formatting

How Do I...

General Research Tools

Citing Sources
Examples and tools for creating APA, MLA, and other types of citations
Evaluating Sources
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Research Fundamentals
This guide is a starting point for researching and documenting your work
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