Answered By: Elaine M. Patton
Last Updated: Nov 12, 2018     Views: 11

An annotated bibliography is basically your regular Works Cited/References/Bibliography page but with added comments explaining the value of each source to your research. Your professor may have some specific criteria that you should address, so you should double-check with your assignment guidelines and your instructor to make sure.

Part of your annotation should summarize and assess the source: what is it about? how good of a source is it? was anything left out or not well-addressed?

Part of your annotation should justify why this is a source: how does it help your research? what kind of information does it provide you with that another of your sources does not?

For example,

Annotation example: after the citation and within the hanging indent, the annotation reads: The authors, researchers at the Rand Corporation and Rand University, use data from the national longitudinal surveys of young women and young men to test their hypothesis that nonfamily cohabitation by young adults alters their attitudes, values, plans, and expectations, moving them away from their belief in traditional sex roles. This research expands and reinforces the the question center to this paper of evolving attitudes to family and gender roles. Smith and Taylor's article regarding the values of the nuclear family of the 1950s is a good contrast to the nonfamily living studied in this article.