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East Greenwich High School Library: Humanities - Linguistic Legacy. Annotated Bibliography Project

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Overview of an Annotated Bibliography

Export to Google Docs

Annotated Bibliography Example

This slide shows how to set up the running header and headings on your annotated bibliography.
*Remember that the date is formatted day month year.

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

bibliography is a list of sources (books, database articles, Web sites, periodicals, etc.) one has used for researching a topic.  An annotation is a short summary and/or critical evaluation of a source. An annotated bibliography looks like a Works Cited page but includes an annotation after each source cited. Annotated bibliographies can be part of a larger research project, or can be a stand-alone report in itself. 
*Annotation requirements vary by teacher so always confirm assignment expectations before writing.

1. Summarize:  3-5 sentences summarizing the main ideas and purpose of the source. See this resource on paraphrasing sources.  

  • What are the main arguments?

  • What is the point of this article?

  • What topics are covered?

  • Is the information reliable? Current?

  • Is this source biased or objective?

  • What is the goal of this source?

  • Is the author credible?  Do they have the background to write on this topic?

You could use these sentence starters if you get stuck:

  • This article is about...
  • Some topics it discusses include...
  • The goal of the article is probably to...


2. Text to Text Connection:  5-7 sentences explaining how this text connects to another text read this year.

  • What does this remind me of in another book I've read in English or World Civ?

  • How is this text similar to other articles I’ve read or discussed in class?

 Remember: Annotations are original descriptions you create AFTER reading the document. 


Guidelines to follow when typing your Annotated Bibliography:
*NoodleTools will format your annotated bibliography correctly and automatically for you.

  • 1" margins
  • 12 pt. font
  • Double-spaced
  • The second line on each citation indented 0.5", annotations are indented 0.5" (this is called a hanging indent)
  • Sources listed in alphabetical order

MLA9 Annotated Bibliography Example

Project Requirements

Research Links:

Create a citation for each of the three articles linked below:



    If this link is blocked, please use this PDF of the article.


Create a citation for ONE ESSAY on the website linked below:



5. Explore the websites listed below, and create a citation for one PHOTOGRAPH, VIDEO or CARTOON from ONE of the websites listed below:


6. REQUIRED FOR HONORS ONLY. Find your own online text (possibilities include a poem, essay, opinion piece, photograph, video, article, etc.) and create a citation for that text.

Annotated Bibliography Tutorial

This video illustrates the steps for creating an annotated bibliography in APA format but is still helpful in understanding the components of an annotated bibliography.

Creating an Annotated Bibliography with NoodleTools

Step 1: Create a New Project for your Annotated Bibliography using NoodleTools

This video tutorial will show you the steps of logging in to your school NoodleTools account to create a new Project.

Step 2: Create a Citation and Annotation for a Research Source using NoodleTools

This video tutorial will show you the steps of creating a citation from a database article and starting the annotation process.

Step 3: Print/Export Your Annotated Bibliography from NoodleTools

This video tutorial will show you how to print/export your annotated bibliography from NoodleTools, add the required heading components, and save to your Google Drive. 

This slide shows how to set up the running header and headings on your annotated bibliography.
*Remember that the date is formatted day month year.

Annotated Bibliography Example

These two slides show how to create line breaks so that your citation and annotation are separated on your annotated bibliography.

This video tutorial will show you how to export a citation from a database into NoodleTools.

Need Research or Citation Assistance?

Need help?  Please stop by the library to schedule an appointment with Mrs. Steever.  Learning from home?  Email me to schedule a virtual appointment.  Please be prepared with your list of questions or specific resources needed prior to your meeting.