Answered By: Sarah Morehouse
Last Updated: May 01, 2015     Views: 544

Annotated bibliographies are common assignments because they require you to do the research for a paper without having to actually write the paper. What you do instead is create a formal, structured list of the information sources you have selected for your topic, along with summaries or critiques of each one. (Those are the annotations.) The annotations can be as short as a couple of sentences or as long as a couple of pages. Usually it's more like a paragraph or two. They can be in bullet points or formal academic English. They can summarize the source, critique it, or do both. It all depends on your the wording of your assignment, so ask your instructor for specifics.

Here is the library's Annotated Bibliographies Guide -

  • an explanation of what they are from ESC's Professor Susan Hollis
  • video tutorial
  • links to additional resources with instructions and examples
  • links to how to cite in MLA, APA, and Chicago style

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