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INTRNAR 200: Issues and Inquiry in International Studies: Annotated Bibliographies

An online course guide for finding library and online resources for use with International Studies 200

What's an Annotated Bibliography?

A bibliography at the end of a research paper, article, or book lists the sources used during the writing and research process. Each entry is a full bibliographic citation which provides basic publication information about each source, e.g., author, title, publisher, date and page numbers. This helps readers locate those original sources for more information. The title of the bibliography varies, depending on the citation style used, but may be Works Consulted, Works Cited, or References.

An annotated bibliography is more substantive. In addition to the citations for the sources used, a short annotation of each source is provided. The content of an annotation varies. It might summarize, evaluate, and/or critique a source, among other things. The length of an annotation also varies, but is generally just a few sentences or a paragraph. The citation style used to create the annotated bibliography (APA, MLA, Turabian, etc.) is up to your professor.

The following web sites are provide some additional information. Because the format, content and length of annotations vary, please ask your professor for guidelines to follow when beginning your assignment.

  • Annotated Bibliographies - (Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL), Purdue University)
    Definitions of and reasons for an annotated bibliography, and brief information on what an annotation might contain. Examples of APA, MLA, Chicago style annotated bibliography entries.
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  • Annotated Bibliography - (The Writing Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    Provides explanations of four different types of annotations: indicative, informative, evaluative, and combination, with an example of each (see the "What Goes Into the Content of the Annotations" link). Also includes a brief discussion on what formatting style and writing style to use.
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  • Bibliographies - (University of Kansas Writing Center)
    See section on writing an Annotated Bibliography. Brief explanation of an annotated bibliography, along with information on two types of entries: descriptive and evaluative. An example of each type is given.
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  • How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography - (Olin and Uris Libraries, Cornell University)
    A brief explanation of what an annotated bibliography is, as well as an example annotated entry for a journal article in both APA and MLA styles.
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  • Write an Annotated Bibliography - (University Library, University of California-Santa Cruz)
    Information on the composition and purpose of an annotated bibliography. Examples of annotated entries in two writing styles—phrase style and complete-sentence style—are given.

Additional Resources

The following books are kept at the Reference Desk on the second floor of Andersen Library. Some titles also have copies in the Main Collection which can be checked out; check Research@UWW. The citation style manuals for MLA, APA, and Turabian are useful when creating bibliographic citations; however, for guidance on the format, content, and length of your annotations, please talk to your professor.

  • Harner, J. L. (2000). On compiling an annotated bibliography. New York: MLA.
    Call number: Z1001 .H33 2000
  • American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: APA.
    Call number: BF76.7 .P83 2010
  • The Modern Language Association of America. (2009). MLA handbook (8th ed.). New York: MLA.
    Call number: LB2369 .G53 2016
  • Turabian, K. L. (2007). A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations: Chicago style for students and researchers (8th ed.). Chicago: U of Chicago P.
    Call number: LB2369 .T8 2013