Annotated Bibliography Guide - LSC-North Harris
What is an annotated bibliography?
It is a list of sources (such as books, journals, and websites) that cover the topic you have chosen to research. Each source listed is followed by a paragraph that summarizes and evaluates the source.
- Follow the appropriate Research Guide to help you find relevant sources.
- Use the Citation Help guide to help you format your paper and construct a citation entry for each source.
- Ask your professor which style to use (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.).
- For each entry, list the appropriate bibliographic elements (author, title, publication place, date, etc.).
- Each entry should answer the questions:
- Who wrote the material you are using?
- What did the author(s) entitle the piece he/she/they wrote?
- Where and when was it published (for a book, what city; for an article, which periodical)?
- If it's an article or a chapter, what pages is your source on?
- Alphabetize all the entries by the first element.
- Follow each entry with an annotation composed in paragraph style.
In each annotation (check with your professor for particulars):
- summarize the source's main points.
- discuss any bias.
- define the purpose and the intended audience of the source.
- describe the currency, quality, relevancy, and accuracy of the source.
- explain how the information compares to other sources you found.
- mention how the source helps you understand the topic.
Learn More about Annotated Bibliographies
- Annotated Bibliographies from Purdue Online Writing Lab
- How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography from Cornell University Library