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Creating an Annotated Bibliography

Need help creating annotated bibliographies? Below are a few sources that help explain what should be included in the annotations:

    Example of an Annotation

    A good annotation summarizes and evaluates each source. In the example below, notice how the student does the following:

    • discusses the writer's background/credibility
    • describes the content of the source
    • describes the usefulness of the source
    • describes the intended audience
    • describes his/her reaction

     London, H. (1982).  Five myths of the television age. Television Quarterly 10(1): 81-89.

    London, the Dean of Journalism at New York University and author of several books and articles, explains how television contradicts five commonly believed ideas. He uses specific examples of events seen on television, such as the assassination of John Kennedy, to illustrate his points. His examples have been selected to contradict such truisms as: "seeing is believing"; "a picture is worth a thousand words"; and "satisfaction is its own reward." London uses logical arguments to support his ideas which are his personal opinion. He doesn't refer to any previous works on the topic, though. London's style and vocabulary would make the article of interest to any reader. The article clearly illustrates London's points, but does not explore their implications, leaving the reader with many unanswered questions.

    The above example is adapted from Memorial University Libraries' "How to Write Annotated Bibliographies."

    Chicago Style

    The Temple University Writing Center offers a short citation guide for Chicago style (pdf). 

    For more information about Chicago style, consult