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Guide for the study of Italian Language and Literature at Colby



"How do I write an annotated bibliography?"

First, select your sources.
Criteria for evaluating & selecting sources 

Then, for each source:

  • Record the bibliographic information
  • Summarize the source

Often, you will also need to:

  • Assess the source
  • Reflect on the source

* Always ask your professor
if you are unsure about what to include.



"A list of sources that gives the publication information and a short description — or annotation — for each source. Each annotation is generally three to seven sentences long. In some bibliographies, the annotation merely describes the content and scope of the source; in others, the annotation also evaluates the source’s reliability, currency, and relevance to a researcher’s purpose."  

 Sample MLA Annotated Bibliography  
from Diana Hacker's Research & Documentation Online

You might also want to consult these helpful guides... 

  Annotated Bibliographies OWL at Purdue

  Sample Annotated Bibliography (MLA) Diana Hacker

  How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography Cornell U. Library






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