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Annotated Bibliography

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is a list of sources one has used or intends to use for a research project. It differs from a regular bibliography in that an annotated bibliography includes a summary or evaluation of each source. Annotated bibliographies serve as great preparation for research projects because you will have a better idea of what each source on your bibliography is about and how it is relevant to your work.

Style Guide

An annotated bibliography contains two parts, a citation of the source and a short summary of the source.  It may also include a statement from the individual using the source about why this source is relevant to his/her work. Typically your professor will determine the length and necessary content for annotations. As with a standard bibliography or works cited page, an annotated bibliography should list the citations in alphabetical order and the document should be double spaced. Use a hanging indent so that all lines after the first line of the citation are indented. This includes the entirety of the annotation; the author’s last name is the only text that should be left aligned.

Other helpful information with examples

APA:

Creating APA Style Annotated Bibliographies - Bethel University

https://www.bethel.edu/library/research/apa-annobib-sixth.pdf

 

Chicago:

Write an Annotated Bibliography - Eastern Nazarene College

http://libguides.enc.edu/annotatedbib/chicago

 

MLA:

Annotated Bibliography Samples - CSU Northridge Oviatt Library

http://library.csun.edu/Guides/ResearchStrategies/AnnotatedBibliography

 

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL):  Annotated Bibliography

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