Annotated Bibliography Assignment

Annotated Bibliography Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is to help you locate informative, authoritative, and academic
materials for your paper. As you explore these resources and complete a short in class exercise,
locate specific articles and books that you will use in addition to your textbook to write your paper.
You will be turning in a statement of your topic, a thesis statement and an ANNOTATED
BIBLIOGRAPHY of a minimum of six sources, at least two of which must be from an academic
source such as a scholarly magazine or book which uses an academic vocabulary. The
bibliography is due on _________________.
What is an annotated bibliography?
“An annotated bibliography is, simply, 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
Each entry in an annotated bibliography consists of a bibliographic citation and an annotation:
Bibliographic Citation
The first part of each entry is the bibliographic information: author, title, place of publication,
publisher, copyright date, and so on. A common form for bibliographic citations is the MLA
format, the one used for your papers in English 101. If you wish, visit Citing Sources
( for more information on MLA style.
Annotations are short (two or three sentence) summaries of what the book, article, or web page is
about, as well as a description of why it would be useful to your paper. Here is an entry taken
from an actual student annotated bibliography:
Menkin, Daniel Lee. Faith, Hope and the Corporation. St. Paul: Phrontisterian,
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.
For more examples and a discussion of annotated bibliographies, see
See also:
DL Hamm M&F Annotated Bib Fall 2002