ENGL 7394 Scholarship in English

What is an annotated bibliography?

An annotated bibliography provides a brief account of the available research on a given topic.


It is a list of research sources that includes concise descriptions and evaluations of each source.


The annotation usually contains a brief summary of content and a short analysis or evaluation.


Depending on your assignment you may be asked to reflect, summarize, critique, evaluate or analyse the source.


While an annotation can be as brief as one sentence, the standard annotated bibliography consists of a citation followed by a short paragraph.

Samples of annotated bibliographies

Here are some links to some sample Annotated citations.


How to Prepare An Annotated Bibliography

Cornell University

Samples in both MLA and APA format.


The OWL at Purdue Purdue's Online Writing Lab

sample Annotated Bibliography.


University of North Carolina's Handout MLA Format for UNC


UNC Writing Center Example Annotated Bibliographies