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ENGL 105 Mangin (Sp 2021)

Between the World and Me and Final Essay

What is an "annotated bibliography"

A simple description:

  • describes why the source is useful for researching a particular topic or question
  • presents the main arguments or conclusions, or summarizes the content
  • points out the sources distinctive (and relevant to the assignment) features

NOTE: the links below will show you examples of annotations at a more advanced level. Follow your professor's directions for what information should be included in your annotations.

Where to find information for an annotated bibliography

  • in the library catalog ("book record"): Check the book's subjects, summary, and publication date.
  • in books in print: Check the back of the title page for publication information; check the back of the cover or inside covers for blurbs; read the "Table of contents" and scan the index for keywords; also, read the introduction.
  • in ebooks: Check the book's "Table of contents"; scan the introduction, conclusion, and index.
  • in databases: Check the article's subjects, summary, and abstract; pay attention to the publication date and the source (e.g. scholarly journal or popular magazine?); read the article's introduction and conclusion.
  • on websites: Check the URL (.edu? .gov? .com?); look for the "About" section, update dates, names, and affiliations; what's the intent - sell, inform or entertain? 
  • Read the Evaluating Resources page in this guide.

Sample Annotated Bibliographies

NoodleTools for Annotated Bibliography