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Feature Highlight: Annotated Bibliography


Your teacher might have asked you to include an annotated bibliography in a paper. Never fear—it’s easy to create annotated citations with Citation Machine!

First of all, what is an annotated bibliography? Unlike a traditional works cited page, the citations in an annotated bibliography are followed by a short description, or annotation, of around 100-150 words. An annotated bibliography is usually used with parenthetical citations. It allows the reader to find out more about the sources you cited in your paper.

The annotation summarizes what the source was about and provides some of your own insights. This can be used to help you (if you’re going to continue researching the topic) or other writers researching the same topic. Think of it as a summary sheet or road map of your sources. Along with simply giving an overview on the source’s content, you could explain why the source was helpful for your research, how it affected your thinking on the topic, and how it was similar or different to other sources used.

You then list the annotated citations in alphabetical order, like you would for a regular works cited page or bibliography. So it’s basically a regular bibliography, but with your own insightful researcher’s spin! Just make sure that anything you paraphrase is done so in your own words.

Here’s how to write an annotated bibliography using Citation Machine:

Step 1: Select your citation style: usually MLA style or APA style.

Step 2: Find the source you would like to cite

Step 3: Fill out the fields in the form

Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of the form and find the field labeled “Add Annotation.” Type your annotation for that source there.


Step 5: Click “Create Citation”

That’s it! Your perfectly formatted annotation will appear in your citation list underneath the relevant reference. Citation Machine makes it that simple to create an annotated bibliography. Try it now!

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