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Sample Annotated Bibliography

What is a Annotated Bibliography

  • An annotated bibliography might be an overview of a topic, or it might be something you write in preparation for a specific research essay.
  • Many annotated bibliographies include:
    • A citation to the article, chapter, or other work
    • Qualifications of the author or authors
    • Mention of the methods the authors used
    • A summary of the argument and/or findings
    • Evaluation of the work, for example the logic of the arguments or value of the evidence
    • How this work supports your own research

Guidelines in Writing Annotated Bibliography

  • The text and the reference list should be double-spaced unless your teacher instructs you otherwise.
  • Numbering starts on the title page, at the top right of the page.
  • Reference list entries must have a hanging indent
  • There should be 1 inch margins all around (top, bottom, left, and right) on each page.
  • Use Times Roman font, or a similar serif font, size 12.
  • Each paragraph should be indented.
  • Annotated bibliographies are usually 150-200 words.
  • This annotated bibliography is 200 words.
  • Citations are place in alphabetical order.
  • Use a hanging indent for citation and annotation, unless otherwise instructed



Works Cited

1. Linder, Professor Douglas O. “The Trial of Orenthal James Simpson: An Account.” Famous Trials, Accessed 15 Nov. 2017.

This website offers a complete depiction of the People vs. Simpson case. It chronologically lists the events of the case. This website document includes photos of the trial including attorneys and witnesses. This document also explores the attention brought to the case from the media.

2. Parker, Ryan. “‘Is O.J. Innocent? The Missing Evidence’: Experts Dig Into O.J. Simpson Son Theory.” The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Jan. 2017, Accessed 15 Nov. 2017.

This article explores the theory that the TV Show ‘Is O.J. Innocent? The Missing Evidence’. The theory that OJ Simpson’s son is responsible for the murders of his mother and her friend is explored in this article. The article includes a clip from this TV show broadcasting this theory.

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