Writing the Annotated Bibliography

A bibliography is simply a list of books and other resources, usually those consulted for a research project.  An annotated bibliography is one that includes a brief summary and/or critique of each item on the list.  An annotated bibliography can be included with a research project, or it can stand alone.


An annotated bibliography is not the same as a reference list at the end of a research paper.  A reference list contains only those works cited in the text of the research paper, and the entries provide only retrieval information (author, publication date, title, publisher information).


For an annotated bibliography, provide a full citation for each item, following the format of your assigned style manual.  Follow the citation with the information you have been asked to provide.  For additional guidelines and examples, see the links below.

            A List of Online Resources

Annotated Bibliographies
Purdue University Online Writing Lab

Writing an Annotated Bibliography
Owen Williams, University of Minnesota, Crookston Library

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography
Cornell University, Olin & Uris Libraries

How to Write an Annotated Bibliography
University Library, Univ. of California Santa Cruz

How Do I Write an Annotated Bibliography?
Eastern Carolina University, Joyner Library

Annotated Bibliography
St. Cloud State University, Literacy Education Online

How to Write an Annotated Bibliography
Brock University (Ontario) Student Development Centre


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