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English 105

What is an Annotated Bibliography

What information should be included in the annotation?

While your professor will give you specific requirements for writing your annotated bibliography, here are some general thoughts on what to include.

  • Do more than summarize, critically analyze each source
  • Include a brief description of the work
  • Comment on the work's usefulness or quality
  • Comment about any special features of the work (i.e. graphs, charts,etc.)
  • Include the author's credibility or expertise

Annotated Bibliographies

There are several different ways to write an annotated bibliography.  Your instructors will provide you with specific instructions and guidelines for your annotated bibliographies.

Other resources that may be helpful include the following: