An annotated bibliography is an incredibly useful research tool that organizes, summarizes and evaluates the sources you select for a research topic. There are 2 major parts of an annotated bibliography:
1. Citations - the details needed to locate a source including the author, title, publication, date, pages, etc. In other words, it is the address of the information source! This includes books, journals, magazines, newspapers, websites, media sources or anything that you will need to document as being a source on your topic.
2. Annotations - a paragraph that includes a summary, evaluation and analysis of each citation:
Annotations can vary in length from a few sentences to a lengthy paragraph or two dependent on the sources you are evaluating and the depth of research you are doing. The number of sources you include in an annotated bibliography is dependent on your assignment requirements and/or the depth of your research. Your annotated bibliography will help you organize the best sources on a research topic and identify the strongest evidence to cite when writing a paper.
To view a sample MLA annotation, click on the link below:
Please note: There are many variations in annotated bibliography content and format. Be sure to consult your instructor on your assignment specifics.