Answered By: Harry L. Whitlock II
Last Updated: May 09, 2017     Views: 76

An annotated bibliography is a typical assignment for students. It's purpose is to combine research information into an organized format. From this organized bibliography, writing the actual essay/research paper is much easier.

Typically, each source is listed individually. First comes the citation for the source. It is written in the required writing style (such as APA or MLA) as directed by the instructor. Next comes the annotation, which is a very brief summary of a research source (article, book, or other media) written in your own words. Often the summary is followed by a brief explanation of how you are planning on using this information in your research project.

Other components of an annotated bibliography usually include your research question and your working thesis statement.

This Citations & Style Guides library guide is very useful in ensuring the required writing style is followed. Specifically for APA or MLA, we recommend the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue for help with annotated bibliographies. Look in the lower-right corner of the webpage for specific APA, MLA, or Chicago links. The OWL provides guidance on citing sources and writing summaries. If in doubt about the exact requirements for this assignment, consult your instructor, your syllabus, or the assignment prompt.


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