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Write an annotated bibliography of websites on online learning in APA format.

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Writing an annotated bibliography

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What is an annotated bibliography?
This is an organized list of sources (references cited), such as books, journals, newspapers, magazines, Web Pages, etc., each of which is followed by an annotation or description of each item.
Annotations may consist of all or part of the following items, depending on the assignment:
describe the content (focus) of the item
describe the usefulness of the item
discuss any limitations that the item may have, e.g. grade level, timeliness etc.
describe what audience the item is intended for
evaluate the methods (research) used in the item
evaluate reliability of the item
discuss the author's background
discuss any conclusions the author(s) may have made
describe your reaction to the item
What is the purpose of an annotated bibliography?
Depending on the assignment ...