An annotated bibliography is a works cited list, but each citation for your sources is followed by a paragraph of explanation and justification: why is this source one of your sources? What does it bring to your research?
You will summarize the relevant information you're getting from that source (but remember, this isn't your paper -- you are summarizing, not presenting all the information itself) as well as how this well help you in your research (by providing background information, by exploring a certain angle, by presenting a contrary idea...).
Creating an annotated bibliography is not simply an academic exercise. An annotated bibliography is a tool to help you summarize your source content and evaluate its place within your research. If a source satisfies your "usefulness" criteria, that source belongs on your annotated bibliography. This process begins the transition from reading sources to incorporating content (ideas, quotes, paraphrasing) into your work. It is time to "make sense" of the knowledge you have gained from your research. This knowledge is the foundation on which to build your own voice, explain your methodology, discuss your conclusions, make and report on your new knowledge.
Of course, evaluation of sources goes beyond "usefulness" to the other elements of authority, credibility, currency, and purpose.
These tabs contain a few quick examples for sources you're likely to use for this assignment.
For more examples, please refer to the big MLA guide.
Remember, in MLA, just keep going through the list of elements (author, title, source name, etc) until you've identified all the major paths to locating your source. Start with information about the source itself (like the creator of a photograph) before looking to add information about the database or website you found it on. Keep in mind that you want a reader to be able to track down your same source based solely on your citation -- a vague citation is a useless citation!
Scott, Cord. "Written In Red, White, and Blue: A Comparison Of Comic Book Propaganda From World War II and September 11." Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 40, no. 2, 2007, pp. 325-343. Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5931.2007.00381.x.
Cootner, Paul H. “The Role of the Railroads in United States Economic Growth.” The Journal of Economic History, vol. 23, no. 4, 1963, pp. 477–521. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/2116211.
Janaro, Richard, and Thelma Altshuler. The Art of Being Human: The Humanities as a Technique for Living. 11th ed., Pearson, 2016.
Janaro, Richard, and Thelma Altshuler. The Art of Being Human: The Humanities as a Technique for Living. 11th ed., Pearson, 2017. Ebook.
Chapter in an E-Book from the Databases (Unique Author):
Steinbach, Penny. "The Implications of Horizontality and Verticality in the Iconography of a Class Maya Emblem." Maya Imagery, Architecture, and Activity: Space and Spatial Analysis in Art History, edited by Kaylee R. Spencer and Maline D. Werness-Rude, University of New Mexico Press, 2015, pp. 106-139. ProQuest Ebook Central, ebookcentral-proquest-com.lscsproxy.lonestar.edu/lib/lonestar-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1865287.
E-Book from the Database:
Bundrick, Sheramy D. Athens, Etruria, and the Many Lives of Greek Figured Pottery. University of Wisconsin Press, 2019. EBSCO eBook Collection, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip,cpid&custid=s1088435&db=nlebk&AN=1985604&site=ehost-live.