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WSCC Chicago Formatting and Style: Creating an Annotated Bibliography

Introduction to Annotated Bibliographies

Has your professor assigned an annotated bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations of resources to be used in a (future) research project. Each citation is followed by a brief summary of the resource and an evaluation of its usefulness to the writing project. The purpose of an annotated bibliography is to inform the reader (your professor) of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources you have located for your project thus far.

Formatting your Annotated Bibliography

Your bibliography should adhere to basic Chicago Style. Use the Formatting Your Paper tab of this site to format your Word settings, create your title page, and to create hanging indentations for your citations.

U.S. History I & II Students

Your annotated bibliography will consist of a title page, a narrowed research topic, and discussions of each of your sources. For each source, you could include a notation, plus a description and discussion of the source. Use the "Creating Your Citations" page of this guide to help you correctly format your notations. Your final page will be an alphabetical list of those same sources in bibliographical citation format. Ultimately, your project will look like this.