“An annotated bibliography is an organized list of sources, each of which is followed by a brief note or “annotation.” These annotations do one or more of the following: describe the content and focus of the book or article; suggest the source’s usefulness to your research; evaluate its method, conclusions, or reliability; record your reactions to the source.”

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/AnnotatedBibliography.html

Each entry in an annotated bibliography consists of a bibliographic citation and an annotation:

Bibliographic Citation

The first part of the entry for a source is the bibliographic information: author, title, place of publication, publisher, copyright date. A common form for bibliographic citations is the MLA format, the one used for your papers in English 101. Visit Citing Sources for sites listing more examples if you wish http://library.spokanefalls.edu/CitingSources.stm


Annotations are of varying lengths. For this paper they only need to be from six to twelve sentences but be sure to emphasize whether it will be useful to your paper and why.

Following is an entry taken from an actual student annotated bibliography on another subject:

Menkin, Daniel Lee. Faith, Hope and the Corporation. St. Paul: Phrontisterian, 1988.

This book focuses on a company’s philosophy and outlook, as well as ethics. The author feels understanding all of these areas makes for a more ethical business. I would use this source in my paper as it has a different and interesting slant to it.