A Quick Tutorial
What is an
bibliography - a list of sources in MLA or
annotation - a summary and/or
Therefore, an Annotated
A series of MLA (or APA) works cited
Followed by a summary and a critique of
the source and its contribution to your
area of study.
Why write an
To prepare for a large research project.
To demonstrate comprehensive knowledge
about your subject area.
Gain a good perspective on what is being said
about your topic.
Understand what the issues are in your field of
study…what people are arguing about.
Develop your own point of view.
To prepare for your future. You will see the
annotated bib in college!
MLA or APA
MLA points to remember
1 inch margins
Double space throughout
Running header with page number
A Simplistic Explanation
What was the story about?
What did you learn?
Should other kids read this story?
A Sophisticated Explanation
What is the summary of your reading? What is the
author’s main idea?
What pertinent information did you learn? What is your
opinion of the information? Is it noteworthy? Does it
provide you with valuable insight into the topic?
Would other students benefit from reading this
Brief and concise!
Each summary is only 5-7 sentences
Choose your words wisely
Always Ask your professor!
The requirements for the written summary will vary
from one professor to another.