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EN4600: 20th Century British and American Poetry Guide (Barnett)

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

An annotated bibliography means that there is a short paragraph (about 150 words) providing information about each source after its entry in the bibliography. 

For each entry, provide a short paragraph that:

  1. summarizes the source (What are the main ideas of the source?)
  2. analyzes the source (e.g. What type of evidence does the author use? Does the author provide a broad overview or a narrow focus?)
  3. evaluates the source (Is this source relevant to your topic? What's the connection between the source and your project's focus?)

Ask your professor which citation style they prefer. 

Although there is a basic structure to annotated bibliographies that most professors will follow, your professor may require something a little different. Be sure to follow your assignment instructions, as each professor may have expectations that are slightly different.

Also be sure to use your own words when writing your annotated bibliography; do not use quotations or copy and paste directly from your source.

What is an Annotated Bibliography? [Video]

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