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GU-Q: HIST 308 - Empires

Parts of an entry for the annotated bibliography

Developing your Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a list of books, articles, or other documents consisting of a bibliographic entry followed by a brief evaluation [annotation] of each work in paragraph form. An annotated bibliography, like any list of works cited, should be presented in alphabetical order by author's last name.

The annotation is a short critical review of the work and its author. Ask your professor which of the following components should be included:

  • a brief summary of the content;
  • a description of target audience;
  • an evaluation of the scope and/or methods of research;
  • comment on the reliability of the item;
  • a brief description of the author’s background and/or credentials;
  • a summary of the author’s conclusions;
  • commentary on how the item may be useful for your research.

Adapted from Cal State University website - Citations & Annotations