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MLA Citations: Annotated Bibliography

Annotations - Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each source, which is called an annotation. Depending on your assignment, your annotations may include one or more of the following:

Summarize: Some annotations merely summarize the source.

  • What are the main arguments?
  • What is the point of this book or article?
  • What topics are covered?

Assess: After you summarize a source, it may be helpful to evaluate it.

  • Is it a useful source?
  • How does it compare with other sources in your bibliography?
  • Is the information reliable?
  • Is it this source biased or objective?
  • What is the goal of this source?

Reflect: Next, determine how the source fits into your research.

  • Was this source helpful to you?
  • How does it help you shape your argument?
  • How can you use this source in your research project?
  • Has it changed how you think about your topic?

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Example Annotation

Click on the link below to see a sample annotation from Purdue's OWL (Online Writing Lab). 



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