Four Steps for Creating Your Annotated Bibliography
- Locate and write down the citations for articles, books, and other documents that may contain relevant information and ideas about your topic. If you need help getting started with your research, you can Ask a Librarian.
- Briefly examine and review the actual items to see if they are useful. Carefully choose the works that offer a variety of perspectives on your topic.
- Cite the article, book, or document using the appropriate style. Your instructor will let you know which citation style you are to use. For more information about citing your sources, go here.
- Write an annotation that summarizes the theme and scope of the article, book, or document. Include sentences that:
(a) talk about the author's authority or background (example: where does the author work, where did the author obtain his or her education)
(b) comment on the intended audience (example: is this work written for other professionals in the field or is it written for students)
(c) compare or contrast this work with previously cited works (example: does the author's conclusions match or differ from previous works used for your research)
(d) explain how this work relates to your topic (example: why did you find this source useful)
For annotated bibliography samples from Purdue OWL click here.