Getting writing help is so easy with us

Choose the type, level, urgency, and length to start off

page(s):
+
$7.74

Annotated Bibliography Writing Guide

Every student at a certain point learns how to write term papers, case studies, research papers, and many more academic assignments that need an addition of this tricky piece called an annotated bibliography. Let us dive into our own little research and find out what that is, and what you need to do to get a glowing mark for such a task! Get all the distractions aside because now you will learn how to write a proper annotated bibliography.

As we know, the annotation is a short digest of a novel, research paper, article, etc. It provides comprehensive info about the piece and states the contribution it makes into the given research topic.

In simple terms, it is a logical checklist where each paragraph contains a brief summary or description of the text you used when digging up that sweet data.

Depending on an assignment, it may serve different purposes.

  • It can present a literature review of each source.
  • You provide the research you have done with enough backup.
  • The summaries explain examples of the main data sources.
  • Your bibliography is a guide into the topic for other researchers.

If the annotated bibliography was a house, it would have two floors. One would be a descriptive (or informative) floor with fancy Italian furniture that provides value to every source that sits on it and backs up the research. Another would be an analytical (or critical) floor covered in cathouses with each of those containing Pro cats and Con cats that meow to different tunes of your arguments and then all huddle up in a big fluffy pile that is your conclusion.

The Four Core Parts of an Annotated Bibliography

1. Style

First, you need to thoroughly study the source-citing styles. Every college professor, even the most liberal one, will demand you to follow your format requirements very closely. Even the most sophisticated AI in the world shouldn't be able to find a mistake and say that this annotated bibliography in MLA format is wrong. Bureaucracy just works like that.

To avoid any misconceptions, let us overview the three main styles.

  1. MLA
    The MLA style is used for art, literature, philosophy, languages, and architecture.
  2. APA
    This kind of citation usually works for articles on geography, sociology, law, and economics.
  3. CSE
    Papers on physics, astronomy or health sciences, also math, environmental research, computer science, biology.

2. Sources

The next step of annotated bibliography writing is selecting your sources. You should already have it from when you were researching for your paper, but let us assume that you did not and go over it one more time.

Draft up a little list of articles, books, and data found on the Internet. You have to use only authoritative resources and stay away from unknown Internet sites. If there is a need, consult with your college professor about the sources best fitting for your narrative.

Your citation must include the name of the author, full titles of the document, the publisher, and the year of publication. If your source is a website, specify the latest date of someone updating the info. A tip: try to distribute the sources equally without overdoing it with a single website or book. Otherwise, there might be an issue of your supervisors thinking you were too lazy to properly research. You may even be asked to redo everything, and that's just unnecessary headache!

3. Order

You need a clear-cut system. The structured list of the resources will be more comfortable for readers than the chaotic bunch of titles. There are five methods for citation organization for a bibliography:

  • Alphabet
  • Chronological
  • The sub-theme
  • The format
  • The language

4. Annotations

Comment on each source by including a short description of your reference. Going through this tiring process is rewarding for the readers. It leads them into the dark world of confusing sources with the light of your fantastic breakdown and gifts them with more meaningful info.

Try to fit as many theses about the main messages of the book as you can into a few sentences. That way, your annotated bibliography will give the reader an opportunity to evaluate the book's content and provide a relevant connection to your own paper.

State the research object of the book and why you used it. I.e., Catherine Ingram and the other authors of "This is Van Gogh" help the reader deeply understand the tragic backstory of Van Gogh's life and genius.

Assess every source with answers to the following questions:

  • What is the value of this source to my research?
  • How credible is the info?
  • Is it opinionated or fact-based?
  • Is the source current or outdated?

Something to remember here - the basics of the citation rules always stay the same. If your bibliography doesn't match the official guidelines, you will have to redo it.

Ensure that every letter is shining exactly where it has to shine. If something gets in your way, you can always turn to WiseEssays.com for assistance with this tedious task. Good luck!

Subscribe to get free samples

Our writers
Show writers:
Writer 147214

Ben A.

Online

4.93
1754
orders completed
Top 10 Writers x 2 - 07-02-2021
Customer loyalty x 3 - 08-09-2021
Writer of the month x 5 - 06-06-2021
Proven reliability of texts x 3 - 06-14-2021
Most punctual writer x 1 - 07-28-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 147215

John D.

Online

4.95
1461
orders completed
Top 10 Writers x 2 - 10-05-2021
Customer loyalty x 3 - 08-02-2021
Writer of the month x 4 - 09-10-2021
Fewest edits for the last x 4 - 10-09-2021
Uniqueness of texts at a high level x 1 - 10-03-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 147217

Cindy M.

Online

4.98
1186
orders completed
Top 10 Writers x 4 - 09-09-2021
Customer loyalty x 2 - 06-11-2021
Proven reliability of texts x 5 - 07-07-2021
Most punctual writer x 2 - 08-21-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 147221

Michael S.

Offline

4.86
1110
orders completed
Top 10 Writers x 2 - 09-17-2021
Customer loyalty x 2 - 06-29-2021
Fewest edits for the last x 5 - 05-31-2021
Uniqueness of texts at a high level x 3 - 08-02-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 147218

Kerry F.

Offline

4.97
1321
orders completed
Top 10 Writers x 4 - 05-16-2021
Proven reliability of texts x 5 - 10-19-2021
Fewest edits for the last x 2 - 05-22-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 151822

Christopher

Online

4.94
110
orders completed
Top 10 Writers x 5 - 06-27-2021
Customer loyalty x 1 - 06-30-2021
Writer of the month x 4 - 09-29-2021
Proven reliability of texts x 3 - 10-08-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 99613

Jimmy

Offline

4.99
460
orders completed
Customer loyalty x 5 - 08-08-2021
Proven reliability of texts x 4 - 06-21-2021
Fewest edits for the last x 3 - 05-23-2021
Uniqueness of texts at a high level x 3 - 09-18-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 103208

John

Offline

4.97
1164
orders completed
Top 10 Writers x 2 - 07-20-2021
Writer of the month x 3 - 06-11-2021
Most punctual writer x 1 - 07-20-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 115275

Ben A.

Offline

4.98
1277
orders completed
Top 10 Writers x 2 - 06-28-2021
Customer loyalty x 1 - 09-15-2021
Proven reliability of texts x 1 - 11-07-2021
Most punctual writer x 1 - 09-17-2021
Fewest edits for the last x 3 - 10-05-2021
Uniqueness of texts at a high level x 4 - 06-07-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 99423

Ben A.

Offline

4.93
1263
orders completed
Customer loyalty x 1 - 12-03-2021
Most punctual writer x 3 - 07-13-2021
Uniqueness of texts at a high level x 3 - 08-31-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 107367

John D.

Offline

4.96
1553
orders completed
Top 10 Writers x 1 - 06-03-2021
Customer loyalty x 3 - 07-05-2021
Most punctual writer x 5 - 08-24-2021
Fewest edits for the last x 2 - 06-10-2021
Uniqueness of texts at a high level x 5 - 07-09-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 131950

Kerry F.

Online

4.98
1380
orders completed
Top 10 Writers x 5 - 09-21-2021
Fewest edits for the last x 1 - 06-04-2021
Uniqueness of texts at a high level x 1 - 06-30-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 90763

Benjamin

Offline

4.86
1086
orders completed
Top 10 Writers x 4 - 10-19-2021
Writer of the month x 3 - 10-26-2021
Proven reliability of texts x 4 - 10-21-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 145557

Ben A.

Online

4.97
1439
orders completed
Top 10 Writers x 4 - 07-04-2021
Customer loyalty x 1 - 06-21-2021
Writer of the month x 2 - 08-02-2021
Proven reliability of texts x 1 - 10-08-2021
Most punctual writer x 5 - 09-23-2021
Uniqueness of texts at a high level x 1 - 11-19-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 132520

Martin

Online

4.87
342
orders completed
Customer loyalty x 3 - 08-28-2021
Writer of the month x 3 - 08-25-2021
Proven reliability of texts x 4 - 09-27-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 67752

John D.

Online

4.97
1755
orders completed
Top 10 Writers x 2 - 10-06-2021
Writer of the month x 5 - 11-06-2021
Proven reliability of texts x 5 - 08-17-2021
Most punctual writer x 5 - 09-18-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 128170

Ben A.

Online

4.98
1312
orders completed
Top 10 Writers x 3 - 10-06-2021
Proven reliability of texts x 3 - 11-21-2021
Uniqueness of texts at a high level x 4 - 10-12-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 121526

Michael S.

Offline

4.97
1308
orders completed
Top 10 Writers x 1 - 11-13-2021
Customer loyalty x 1 - 08-02-2021
Proven reliability of texts x 5 - 10-20-2021
Most punctual writer x 5 - 09-04-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 129721

Ralph

Offline

4.94
1267
orders completed
Top 10 Writers x 5 - 08-21-2021
Proven reliability of texts x 1 - 10-30-2021
Most punctual writer x 5 - 08-20-2021
Hire Writer
Writer 107967

Michael S.

Offline

4.88
1174
orders completed
Top 10 Writers x 5 - 06-07-2021
Customer loyalty x 3 - 09-30-2021
Writer of the month x 1 - 11-15-2021
Proven reliability of texts x 1 - 11-09-2021
Most punctual writer x 4 - 06-26-2021
Fewest edits for the last x 3 - 07-12-2021
Hire Writer
Our Customer Reviews

More than 176 testimonials from clients make up a 9.6/10 rate of success, making our organization one of the best in the industry.

  • Customer #6600

    "It was a torture to see my daughter spending sleepless nights over so many college papers. So I decided to help her purchase her first paper from WiseEssays. Now she regularly orders from you. And I can see that she has become much more effective as a student. Thanks for excellent services."

  • Customer #6521

    "Thank you for my A! Still can't believe it! Will get your help again cuz have a tight schedule at work."

  • Customer #6255

    "I love math and solving problems, but this semester I've lost the ability to like the homework tasks. I've been putting off my math problem paper for so long I literally forgot it was due. Your writer did it in less than a day! Can't imagine what I would've done without you."

  • Customer #4889

    "Your services are very good and papers you wrote for me helped a lot. Not all of the writers did really good work at once and sometimes I required revisions, but every paper was fixed whenever needed. So thank you again!"

  • Customer #3228

    "This is my last year and each assignment is very important to me. I like the way you treat your clients and their needs. My deadlines are met, revisions are done, papers are graded. I am happy I should admit)"

  • Customer #2574

    "Quality was ok. I really expected something more but still paper received a positive grade and I am satisfied with it."

    -17%