There are no set APA rules about number of references or length of annotations. Follow your assignment rubric. Usually you will need scholarly resources, including:
(1) Scholarly/peer-reviewed journals
(2) Scholarly books
(3) Reputable websites
(1) Peer-reviewed (scholarly) articles: find in One-Search, Databases, or Library Research Guides Databases tab. Read the entire article, not just the abstract (summary). Usually a hyperlink will open the full article in another window.
Look for this symbol
Under "Tweak your Results," click [peer reviewed] and [apply filters] to find just peer-reviewed:
Library Research Guides
Library Research Guides are a third place to find scholarly articles. Select subject, then [Articles and Databases]. Example below is from Public Health, and lists good databases to search.
(2) Scholarly books
Example: book on Tigers from WKU Libraries. Location highlighted. [Citation] helps format citation (check against Publication Manual):
Example Two: Ebook at WKU Libraries. Click and sign in with WKU NetID/password to view online:
Reputable websites, especially those of governments, universities, professional organizations, or nonprofit groups (.org, .gov., .edu). You can use a Web browser such as Google. Evaluate carefully:
How to Find Websites:
(1) Use a Web browser such as Google.
(2) Library Research Guides also help find websites. Look for the [Websites] tab:
(3) Your course textbook. often lists good subject websites.
Publication Manual, Chapter 10, p. 315-352, is authoritative source for APA. Full guide is print-only.
APA Style APA online source with reference examples.
Several other sources can help put citations in APA 7th format. Click on tabs above to see more resources. Always double-check for accuracy.
Example One: One-Search Cite button
Click [...] at upper right:
Then click the Cite " button:
Select [APA] and copy and paste your APA citation. Note that One-Search still uses 6th edition. Proofread carefully: capital letters, elements of citation correct, hanging indent, and DOI (if any):
Example Two: EBSCOhost cite button
Click title hyperlink to display full record:
Click [Cite] on right of full EBSCOhost record:
Then scroll to see APA citation:
Now use your critical thinking skills ... does this APA citation include the author, date, title, and source, formatted exactly like the examples from the Publication Manual and APA Style? Could your reader follow the URL or DOI (if any) to find this source?
Always check the APA template to make sure citation is correct. Our database has incorrectly added "libsrv.wku.edu" to the DOI. This is incorrect because someone not at WKU couldn't follow this link. Test by copying/pasting into a Web browser.
Here is corrected citation:
Tarnopolsky, A., Fletcher, N., Hollenberg, L., Lange, B., Smith, J., & Wolfe, J. (2005). Acoustics: The vocal tract and the sound of a didgeridoo. Nature, 436(7047), 39. https://doi.org/10.1038/43639a
If you'd like to use Zotero to create an annotated bibliography in APA or Chicago style, you can use a custom citation style designed specifically to output annotations.