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Library 101

Basics of Annotated Bibliographies

Why do an annotated bibliography?

  • To use research to support your argument or theories
  • To articulate your evaluation and summary of the material
  • To share your expertise of the material with others
  • To add to the scholarly conversation on your topic 

What does an annotated bibliography contain?

  • A citation in the appropriate style (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)
  • Summary of the main points or purpose of the work
  • An evaluation of the research.  An easy way to remember what to evaluate is to use the CRAAP test (below)
  • A conclusion or reflection about the research.  

Adapted from Annotated Bibliographies, The Writing Center University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  https://writing center.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/annotated-bibliographies/

Currency - Relevance - Authority - Accuracy - Purpose

What's an Annotated Bibliography?

Annotated Bibliography Links

Citation Guidelines

In case you need a refresher on citation guidelines, here are some resources from the Purdue OWL.

Annotated Bibliography Quiz