Annotated Bibliography

1. What is an Annotated Bibliography?[1]

An annotated bibliography is a list of sources that includes the usual bibliographic information followed by a paragraph describing and evaluating each source. Its purpose is to provide information about each source in a bibliography so that the reader has an overview of the resources related to a given topic.

For each source in an annotated bibliography, the same bibliographic information included a Works Cited or References list is provided, alphabetized by author. Each reference also has a short paragraph that describes the work, its main focus, and, if appropriate, the methodology used in or the style of the work. An annotation might note special features such as table or illustrations. Usually, an annotation evaluates the source by analyzing its usefulness, reliability, and overall significance for understanding the topic. An annotation might include some information on the credentials of the author or the organization that produced it.

2. Example Using MLA citation (Yours will be double-spaced)

Warner, Maina. “Pity the Stepmother.” New York Times. 12 May 1991, late ed.: D17.

Lexis/Nexis Universe. Web. 12 Dec. 2007.

The author assets that many fairy tales feature absent or cruel mothers, transformed by romantic editors such as the Grimm brothers into stepmothers because the idea of a wicked mother desecrated an ideal. She argues that figures in fairy tales should be viewed in their historical context and that social conditions often affected the way that motherhood figured in fairy tales. Warner, a novelist and author of books on the images of Joan of Arc and the Virgin Mary, writes persuasively about the social roots of fairy-tale archetype.

3. Assignment Requirements and Guidelines

Create an annotated bibliography detailing 8 or more sources from your research paper.

  • Use at least 5 scholarly sources. You may have more than 5 scholarly sources.
  • Use at least 3 popular sources.  Please do not use more than 3 popular sources.
  • List works alphabetically based on the author’s last name.  Do not number them.

Follow MLA guidelines.

  • Include a header and leading information. Annotated Bibliography should be your title.
  • Make sure your citations follow the 2009 MLA rules.
  • Write concise paragraphs that retain important details. Refer to the explanation above.
  • Each short paragraph should be around half a page. Do not exceed ¾ of a page.
  • Describe the text’s main point, evaluate its methods, explain how it will fit in your paper

**Due Friday, April 13th.

**Worth 50 points

[1] First two sections are from Rottenberg, Annette T., and Donna Haisty Winchell. Elements or Argument. 9th Ed. Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2009. Print. (472-473)