An annotated bibliography provides a list of citations (choose a citation style, APA, Chicago, MLA etc.) with descriptive and evaluative information about each item you cite. Annotations generally run 100-150 words. Professors dictate the annotation content, which could be to summarize content, evaluate the scholarship, comment on the usefulness to your research, or all three. Purdue University’s OWL (Online Writing Lab) provides detailed examples for annotated bibliographies in APA, Chicago and MLA styles.
THE MLA STYLE MANUAL, recommended for graduate students, 3rd edition, 808.02 A179m 2008, and THE MLA HANDBOOK, 7th edition, 808.02 M685 2009 are available in the Reference Room (ask at the desk).