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An annotated bibliography is a regular list of references - so you need to know what citation style you should use - but you also include some extra information about the sources listed.
There are different types of annotations - summary, analysis, evaluation. Your instructor should tell you what is expected from your annotations - if not, ask!
Other questions to ask your instructor if the assignment instructions don't include this information:
- how long/how many words your annotations should be
- how should they be written - in phrases or complete sentences.
Examples of Annotated Bibliographies
Sample Annotations from OWL at Purdue
- The MLA sample has three paragraphs - your annotations may not need to be that long! The MLA sample shows three different types of annotations: summary, evaluation, reflection on applicability. Check with your instructor about which style of annotation you should write.
The Writer's Handbook from University of Wisconsin - Madison
Other explanations and examples of annotated bibliographies: