What Should be Included in the Annotated Bibliography?
1. Citation. The citation must follow the guidelines of the style required. For example, information about how to write citations for many of the most commonly used sources you will use can be found on the Council of Science Editors style page.
2. Annotation. The annotation will consist of several parts. Again, the annotation should be kept short (about 150 words), with most of the annotation being the summary and reflection why the source is important to be included as part of the topic of your bibliography. a. Summary - What was the central theme of the source? b. Importance - Why is this source important to the topic of your annotated bibliography? c. Authority - What is the author's background that makes him/her an authority on the topic? d. Compare/Contrast - How does this source compare and/or contrast with other sources in your bibliography?
Important: Make sure that you follow the instructions for formatting citations from your style guide. Examples of proper formatting of the most common sources you will use can be seen in the tab for Council of Science Editors Style.