Annotated Bibliography Guidelines

For your annotated bibliography, you will need to summarize three critical articles focused on the novel that you will be examining in your final paper.  Include citation information about each of the three articles.  Following each citation, you should offer a succinct summary of the major points made by the author of the article.  You do not need to cover every small idea offered; you simply need to explain what you see as the most important or the central claims that the critic makes.  You also do not need to indicate whether you agree or disagree with the arguments–you can save those thoughts for the paper.  Your job in the annotated bibliography is simply to articulate the views of the critics you have read.  In your summary try to put the argument in your own words to demonstrate that you have understood it; don’t simply quote the language of the critic.  Each summary should be roughly 1-2 paragraphs.  Here are two examples of strong annotated bibliographies from a previous class:

annotated bibliography sample 1

annotated bibliography sample 2