An annotated bibliography is a list of citations for books, articles, and documents that you used in your article, essay, or project. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually around 150 words) "descriptive and evaluative paragraph" (so says Cornell University), the annotation. We annotate to inform our reader of the relevance (why we used the source and what we learned from it), accuracy, and quality of the sources cited. This is a big deal. Essentially, we're proving that we vetted our source and are proud of its usage.
Steps for creating an annotated bibliography:
Lucky for you, we now have EasyBib. When I was a high schooler, we had to memorize the various forms (and walk uphill to school both ways!).
Be sure to choose the correct format (MLA, APA) BEFORE copying and pasting your URL!
1. Copy the URL from your article and paste it into the EasyBib CiteIt! toolbar.
(Notice that in the screenshot, since I'm citing a website, the website tab has been chosen.)
2. Click Cite It! EasyBib will take you to a new screen verifying the website you're trying to cite. If the website is correct, click Cite This!
3. EasyBib will tell you that it might need a bit of your help for some of the citation. In this example, it wants me to verify the author. I can find this on the original article.
4. I know the author's name, but I can't find any information on the publisher, and so I'll leave it blank, and then I'll click Create Citation.
5. Voila! I have a citation! EasyBib allows you to copy the text directly from the website, or to add the citation to a list. Neat!
6. I'll copy and paste my citation into my Google Doc, and add an annotation that analyzes the information I gathered from the article. Yahtzee!