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Citations: MLA Style (8th ed.)

A guide to writing and citing in MLA format.

General Info

An annotated bibliography is a Works Cited page in which each citation is followed by an annotation, or note, that provides your reader more information about that source. It could be a summary of information, or an explanation of what information the source provided or lacked, or other details as requested.

What might you address in your annotation?

  • Summary: explain the main points of the work (what is the source's thesis?)
  • Authority: is the author qualified and/or has expertise in the content area?
  • Relevance: how valuable, effective, or useful was this source in your research?
  • Perspective: who is the intended audience of this source? what is the purpose of it? does there seem to be any bias?

Examples

MLA annotation