Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography gives an account of the research that has been done on a given topic. Like any bibliography, an annotated bibliography is an alphabetical list of research sources. In addition to bibliographic data, an annotated bibliography provides a concise summary of each source and some assessment of its value or relevance. Depending on your assignment, an annotated bibliography may be one stage in a larger research project, or it may be an independent project standing on its own.

Writing An Annotated Bibliography, The University of Toronto

Different teachers, and different courses, will require slight variations in both the structure and content of any assigned Annotated Bibliography.  Always be sure to check with your teacher to understand course specific expectations.

The resources listed below will, however, provide you with a general understanding of these expectations, as well as guidance in the writing and production of your Annotated Bibliography.


On-Line Information

University of Toronto: Writing an Annotated Bibliography
Purdue On-line Writing Lab (OWL): Annotated Bibliographies
Cornell University Library: How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography

On-Line Tools

Queen’s University: Annotated Bibliography Template (AnnotatedBibliographyTemplate.doc)
Scribd: Annotated Bibliography Template
Brandon University: Sample APA Annotated Bibliography
Brandon University: Sample MLA Annotated Bibliography

Etobicoke School of the Arts Library

TDSB Student Research Guide (Research Toolkit > Research Success @ Your Library)
Refer particularly to Stage 4: Transferring Learning, page 57


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