Universities, such as Cornell and Bethel, often offer examples of annotated bibliographies to help students write their own. An annotated bibliography is a list of citations followed by a brief explanation of the accuracy, quality and relevance of each source.
The Cornell University Library offers examples of annotated citations in different formats. As of 2015, these examples include a journal citation in both American Psychological Association and Modern Language Association styles. Bethel Univerisity includes a link to a .pdf file of a full annotated bibliography in the APA style. The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill offers an online annotated bibliography in the APA style.
Annotated bibliographies come in three main citation styles, using either the MLA, APA or the Chicago Manual of Style methods of citation. Using the MLA style of annotation, the writer includes one to three paragraphs that summarize, evaluate and reflect on the text, depending on the instructor's guidelines.
In APA annotation, after the citation, the writer includes one to two paragraphs summarizing and assessing the text. APA annotations typically don't include reflections.
A CMS annotation starts with the CMS citation, followed by only one paragraph concisely summarizing the text. If an instructor doesn't specify otherwise, this is the default method of creating an annotated bibliography.