Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Jun 14, 2017     Views: 946

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations for books, articles, and other documents, e-resources (e.g. websites, blogs, wikis, etc.), and media (e.g. film, music, television, etc.).  Following the citation is a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph of the work.  This paragraph is the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to help you manage your research and also to inform your professor of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.¹

Example of an annotated bibliography entry for a journal article in APA style (don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines of the citation):

Waite, L. J., Goldschneider, F. K., & Witsberger, C. (1986). Nonfamily living and the erosion of traditional family orientations among young adults. American Sociological Review, 51 (4), 541-554.

The authors, researchers at the Rand Corporation and Brown University, use data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women and Young Men to test their hypothesis that nonfamily living by young adults alters their attitudes, values, plans, and expectations, moving them away from their belief in traditional sex roles. They find their hypothesis strongly supported in young females, while the effects were fewer in studies of young males. Increasing the time away from parents before marrying increased individualism, self-sufficiency, and changes in attitudes about families. In contrast, an earlier study by Williams cited below shows no significant gender differences in sex role attitudes as a result of nonfamily living.¹

More information:

The library has books and eBooks in our collection which can help answer your questions about preparing an annotated bibliography.  To find books and eBooks on preparing an annotated bibliography, please search the Multi-Search or the Online Library Catalog.

For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (UC Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online/COCE Students) for assistance with preparing an annotated bibliography.

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¹ Reproduced and adapted with permission from: Olin Library Reference, Research & Learning Services, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY, USA

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