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Seniors. OWL Writing Lab at Purdue University. What?. Collection of citations related to a large project. Each citation includes written information about the source (how useful it was, what info it contained, etc.).

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Annotated Bibliography for Seniors

OWL Writing Lab at Purdue University



Collection of citations related to a large project

Each citation includes written information about the source (how useful it was, what info it contained, etc.)



Complete as you go

Save all citation information as you research and make notes about how you used the source and what your opinion was of it as a source

You MUST have 2-4 secondary sources that reflect the background and literary research conducted. You will also need your primary source



Important practice for future research projects in college and at work

Gives authenticity to the work you have done on your senior project


How? Contd.

Create a citation using the correct format outlined in the Style Guide for Works Cited.

Pay attention to spacing, capitalization and punctuation

Add new entries in alphabetical order by author’s name or the first important word in the title if there is no author

Following MLA format,

use a hanging indent

for your bibliographic information. This means the

first line is not indented and all the other lines are indented


How? Contd.

For each entry, write an “annotation” that contains the following types of information.

Explanation of main points and/or purpose of the work—basically, its thesis—which shows among other things that you have

read and thoroughly understood

the source.

Verification or critique of the authority or qualifications of the author. [complete as needed]

Comments on the worth, effectiveness, and usefulness of the work

2 to 4 sentences to summarize the main idea(s) of the item

1 or 2 sentences to relate the article to your research



How? Contd.

Begin your annotation immediately after the bibliographic information of the source ends

Title your annotated bibliography

"Annotated Bibliography"

Format the material correctly—be sure to check (then double-check) this.

Edit for conventions errors and confirm that all entries are in alpha order and you have met the minimum and maximum requirements for type of entry


In the following, you will find a sample annotated [in MLA format] bibliography. Remember that the annotations you include in your own bibliography should reflect your research project and/or the guidelines of your assignment.

You need to ASSESS the Value / Purpose of the material within your paper and provide a CONCISE Summary of the piece.

Please keep in mind that all your text, including the write up beneath the citation, must be indented so that the author's last name is the only text that is flush left.


Fitzgerald, F. Scott.

The Great Gatsby

. New York: Scribner, 1925.


This source is an excellent resource


the golden age of the 1920’s. It accurately reflects the emotions of the era and the


of the

rich in regards to the duality of law enforcement and social conventions, .

It is an excellent character study of a poor man trying to be something he is not, which directly connects with


social research

project and the impact of money and societal cues regarding wealth on th

e general population.

. .

[note: there needs to

be a better summary of

the text for this to receive full credit]


Handout for reference:

In the sample provided the writer includes the necessary concepts: a summary with some evaluation of the text, and a reflection on its applicability to his/her own research and writing needs.