Formatting your Annotated Bibliography: 1. Your list should be titled “Annotated Bibliography.” Not "Bibliography," not "Works Cited". Put this title in the top center of your first page. 2. Divide your Annotated Bibliography into two sections, labeled "Primary Sources" and "Secondary Sources." In each section, entries should be alphabetized by the first word excluding “A,” “An,” and “The.” 3. Other key formatting instructions: Single-space each entry and skip one line between entries. All source citations are tabbed 1/2 inch (one tab) after the first line. URLs (web addresses) should NOT be hyperlinked.
THREE COMPONENTS OF A GOOD ANNOTATION: 1. It identifies what type of source this is (song, poem, book, website, journal article, diary entry, newspaper article, you get the drift….) 2. How was the source used? 3. How did the source help you understand your topic and create your project?
EXAMPLE: Morris, Edmund. Theodore Rex. New York: Modern Library, 2001. This biography of Theodore Roosevelt helped me understand the way in which Philippe Bunau Varilla was able to get President Roosevelt to recognize the revolutionary government of Panama. It also gave me details regarding the specific treaties signed between the two nations that gave the U.S. control of the canal zone. ***Note that my annotation and citation are single-spaced, and all lines after the first line are tabbed in one-half (1/2) inch***
OVERALL: An annotation normally should be about 2-4 sentences long. Really long annotations generally do not impress people. Get to the point! Please understand that it is NOT the purpose of an annotation to summarize the book but to assess its value to your research. The annotations "must explain how the source was used and how it helped you understand your topic." Do not recount what the source said in detail.