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Annotated Bibliography Composition

Annotated Bibliographies

Eileen Heaser

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Eileen Heaser
University Library
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Sacramento, CA 95819-6039


Annotated Bibliography: a list of books and/or articles [bibliography] followed by a brief statement about the text. The statement can vary in length from a sentence or two to a paragraph, roughly150 words.


Arrangement: alphabetically by author, each item includes all basic bibliographic information as is contained in a bibliography or "works cited"or citations, for example: statements of the author, title, edition, place of publication, publisher, date of publicatio and the annotation. Follow the bibliographic style prescribed, e.g., APA, MLA, Chicago or others.

Annotation: a brief description or explanation of the material, intended as a guide for the reader. It may be descriptive*, indicating the major points of the work or evaluativegiving the annotator's opinion of the work.


General Format: begins with the principal point, presents subsidiary or supporting points and a conclusion.  In an evaluative annotation the conclusion is often a recommendation.

*Abstract- provides a summary of the main points of a work without evaluating the work [descriptive].