Annotated bibliographies

This assignment type asks you to summarise a source, such as an article or book chapter.

  • Use full sentences and paragraphs (unless told otherwise by your lecturer) 
  • Write one summary per source (often about 250 to 300 words each) 
  • Provide a full reference at the beginning (not part of the word count) 
  • Identify the research topic and context 
  • Identify 2-3 main research findings 
  • State the overall finding/significance of the research


Example annotated bibliography

Example annotated bibliography

Example of an annotated bibliography (PDF)


Sample sentence starters

Sample sentence starters

Sample reading grid (preparing to write an annotated bibliography)

Sample reading grid

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