How to create your annotated bibliography

Your annotated bibliography page must look like what you see in the table below:

Pretend the table represents the whole page; don't put the bibliography in a table.

Annotated Bibliography


Anderson, Lisa. "Title." Title. June 2002: 23+ (This is how you cite an article in a magazine using MLA style). Source citations begin at the left of the page. Everything is on one line, unless it wraps (goes to the next line by itself). Because of indenting limitations on web pages, we are not using hanging indent (where you indent the second line to the right).

Annotation goes here. Indent lines using the increase indent button. (Put lines out to the margin using the decrease indent button). Click here for the four questions that you answer to help you write your annotations. Remember, this list of sources goes in alphabetical order.

Next source goes here. (Follow the MLA style for your particular source: book, newspaper article, magazine article, web site, etc.). Alphabetize by whatever comes first, usually the author's last name. Sometimes what comes first is the title of the source.

Annotation goes here.

third source goes here.

Annotation goes here.

fourth source goes here.

Annotation goes here.

Note for Living Histories: you must cite your interviewee as a fourth source. Follow MLA guidelines for this also.

An annotation is a brief description of the source. You are not to say why you like it, but instead simply describe what you found there.

Four questions to answer for each source to generate your 30-40 word annotation:

  1. What is the main subject of the source?
  2. Who is the main audience for the source?
  3. Give a brief summary of the information.
  4. What special features can you point out about this source? Examples would be photographs, charts/tables of data, links to related sources, etc.

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