An annotated bibliography is a list of citations for various books, articles, and other sources on a topic. The sources can be for exploration on a topic or for use in an essay. The annotated bibliography looks like a Works Cited page (MLA) or a Reference page (APA) but includes an annotation (a paragraph) after each cited source. An annotation includes a short summary with the sources central idea(s), an evaluation of the source, and a statement of how the source will be used (https://guides.library.cornell.edu/annotatedbibliography (Links to an external site.)).
How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography: The Annotated Bibliography (Cornell University Library): https://guides.library.cornell.edu/annotatedbibliography (Links to an external site.)
Annotated Bibliography Samples (OWL Purdue Writing Lab): https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/common_writing_assignments/annotated_bibliographies/annotated_bibliography_samples.html (Links to an external site.)
Assignment: Be sure to read the two links above before you begin writing, for the 2nd link has examples of annotated bibliographies in both APA and MLA style format.
1. Use the BCCC Library database to locate four sources that pertain to your topic.
2. Then write a citation and an annotation for each source. Remember when you view the source in the database, when you scroll down, it includes the citation.
3. Your annotation should be a paragraph that includes the following: Summarize the source (2-3 sentences), Evaluate the source (1-2 sentences), and state how the source will be used in your research paper (1-2 sentences).
- Summarize: State the main point(s) of the source.
- Evaluate: (Evaluating Online Sources-Columbia University Libraries): https://library.columbia.edu/libraries/undergraduate/evaluating_web.html (Evaluating sources means recognizing whether the information you read and include in your research is credible. Despite the large amount of information available, both in print and online, not all of it is valid, useful, or accurate. Evaluating sources of information that you might include in your writing is an important step in any research process ( (Links to an external site.)https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/conducting_research/evaluating_sources_of_information/index.html (Links to an external site.)).
- State how YOU will use the source to help support your thesis and/ or main point(s).
4. Be sure to use a correct MLA or APA heading.
MLA Heading example: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_sample_paper.html (Links to an external site.)
APA Heading example: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/apa_sample_paper.html