A literature review is a critical summary of what the scientific literature says about your specific topic or question.
Often student research in APA fields falls into this category.
If you are asked to write an annotated bibliography, you should consult the for the APA Format for Annotated Bibliographies.
In many of the social sciences, you will be asked to design and conduct your own experimental research.
If so, you will need to write up your paper using a structure that is more complex than that used for just a literature review.
We have a complete resource devoted to writing an experimental report in the field of psychology here.
This guide divides references into different formats for ease of use.
Hover your cursor over the APA Formats tab above to select the format you want, or select from the links below.
Also, the length of a literature review and the required number of sources will vary based on course and instructor preferences.
NOTE: A literature review and an annotated bibliography are not synonymous.