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Annotated Bibliography Mla Format Spacing Between Paragraphs

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations for various books, articles, and other sources on a topic. The annotated bibliography looks like a Works Cited page but includes an annotation after each source cited. An annotation is a short summary and/or critical evaluation of a source. Annotated bibliographies can be part of a larger research project, or can be a stand-alone report in itself.

Types of Annotations

 A summary annotation describes the source by answering the following questions: who wrote the document, what the document discusses, when and where was the document written, why was the document produced, and how was it provided to the public. The focus is on description. 

 An evaluative annotation includes a summary as listed above but also critically assesses the work for accuracy, relevance, and quality. Evaluative annotations can help you learn about your topic, develop a thesis statement, decide if a specific source will be useful for your assignment, and determine if there is enough valid information available to complete your project. The focus is on description and evaluation.

1. The heading with your name and class information appears on the first page only.  Subsequent pages contain a header with your surname and the page number.

2. Give the annotated bibliography a title that identifies the common topic(s) that all the sources share.  Note that you do not need to nor should you label this "Annotated Bibliography" since it's obvious from looking at the page that it is, in fact, an annotated bibliography.

3. Sources appear in alphabetical order by author surname or title.  Note well that each entry begins with an MLA-style works cited citation.  Check the format information above for more details.

4.  Annotations vary in length depending on the complexity of the source; however, annotations of even the longest sources are brief, as in the Bradford example.  Check the content information above for more details about what to include in your annotations.

5.  Note the "inverse paragraph" format:  The first line of each entry is flush left while subsequent lines are indented 1 to 1.5 inches.  The right margin is not justified.  The entire document is double spaced from the title to the last line.

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