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How to write an annotated bibliography

How to write an annotated bibliography

Author: Rachel Evans
  1. Explain what an annotated bibliography is and how it is different than a normal bibliography.

  2. Provide the format for an MLA annotated bibliography.

  3. Describe any formatting differences in an APA or Chicago style annotated bibliography.

  4. Explain how to summarize sources in an annotated bibliography.

This packet should help a learner seeking to understand how to conduct research for a paper and who is confused about how to write an annotated bibliography. It will explain the format for an annotated bibliography and how it might be used during the research phase of writing a paper.

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What is an Annotated Bibliography?

This PDF explains what an annotated bibliography contains.


MLA Format Annotation

This section gives an example of an annotation written in MLA format.


Annotated Bibliographies for APA and Chicago Formats.

This PDF explains the basic rules for APA and Chicago formatted bibliographies.


Source: Perdue University Online Writing Lab (