An annotated bibliography is a list of resources on a particular topic. It includes a bibliographic citation for each resource as well as a brief summary of the author’s main argument and the value or relevance of the resource.
Guidelines for Writing an Annotated Bibliography in History
o To identify the author’s main argument read the book or journal article. Pay attention to the introduction, conclusion, chapter titles or main headings of the resource for evidence of the author’s thesis.
o Provide a brief description of the value of the source to your research and how it will support your thesis.
Sample annotated bibliographic entry
Lamont, Katie Bell. A Prairie Death: influenza, 1918. New York: NYU Press, 2009.
Lamont examines the response of Canadian politicians and medical professionals to the 1918 influenza in Winnipeg. The author investigates the various policies enacted to eradicate and prevent the spread of the virus. This book is a valuable resource for providing a Canadian context to a worldwide epidemic. It also provides insight into how disease was managed in the early 20th century with an emphasis on the impact the influenza had on immigrant populations.