When completing an annotated bibliography for an assignment, it is good to keep in mind that the type of annotation and the elements included in the annotation are usually specified by your instructor.
An annotated bibliography is a list of sources with accompanying information that describes, explains and/or evaluates each entry.
Contents of this guide:
1. Select a topic
2. Find background information
3. Find sources
4. Select sources
5. Determine what citation style, types of annotations, and elements of annotations are needed.
6. Read, review, and evaluate the sources
7. Create the citations and annotations
8. Write an introduction, if needed.
9. Review for content
10. Review for style and form
Annotations can be any of the following types or combinations of them:
Annotations may include all or some of these elements:
The style of annotated bibliographies is governed by the citation style being used. Please consult the guides for each style.
Note: MLA does not require the annotation to be seperated from the citation; the annotation may start directly after the citation.
The following brief example is based on MLA citation style. Consult the citation style guides for citation information. For more examples, please see more guides and examples above.
|Churchill, Suzanne, and Adam McKible. "Little Magazines and Modernism:|
|An Introduction." American Periodicals 15.1 (2005): 1-5. JSTOR. Web. 20 Mar. 2011.|
|Authors Suzanne Churchill and Adam McKible are established|
|researchers of little magazines, having written multiple books and articles on the subject. This academic article serves as an introduction to little magazines and to an issue of American Periodicals devoted to them. As such, it seeks to define little magazines and place them in the context of their time: at the center of modernism. While the article does not necessarily present new scholarship or ideas about the periodicals, it does provide a useful and enthusiastic introduction to them. This article is particularly useful because it seeks to provide a definition for little magazines that is more inclusive than definitions found in other sources.|