Annotated Bibliography in MLA Style

Hi everybody this is Jeff from the Front Range Community College library. we’re going to talk about how to put together an annotated bibliography in MLA style. Okay let’s jump right in.

First thing, if we’re doing this the standard way, it’s not gonna say annotated bibliography. I’m assuming this is gonna be the last page of your paper. In most cases that’s going to be the situation. If not, we’ll put in your title page for your your title information, your name instructor’s name and all that. I’m just gonna go just as if this is going to be the last page of the paper and it’s an annotated bibliography.

It’s gonna say Works Cited up at the top. We’re going to center that. OK that’s all it has to say there. I’m going to go down here, take the centering off for the next line, and let’s jump in and start getting some citations.

Basically what we’re gonna do with an annotated citation is get a citation for, let’s say an article or a article or a book or whatever we’re gonna use. Then, directly after the citation we’re gonna write a short summary of what this source is. Okay so we’re gonna start with an article. Now I have already pulled up an article that i’d like to use for this. There are other articles that I’ve created that explain you how to search for articles.

I’m using the database, Proquest and I found this article I’d really like to use for this paper. So I’m going to click on this article and when it comes up here’s, here’s the actual article right here. And first, the first thing I’m gonna do is grab a citation for this. So I clicked the cite button, let me slow down a little bit there. In Proquest, if you didn’t know this, there’s a cite button within here.

If we click cite its gonna bring up an MLA citation.

Name of the website

Now you can also set this to look up an APA citation, Chicago, whatever you want.
I’m gonna leave it at MLA since that‘s what this assignment is.
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OK what I’m gonna do is copy highlighted that I’m gonna copy that citation.

And then I’m going to go into our bibliography here and paste that in. Now I’m just going to use the control+v key on the keyboard so it looks pretty good. We’ve got some good text there, you notice it if you’ve done MLA citations before that’s not quite right, format wise. What we’re gonna do is highlight thisWe’re gonna make sure the font is right.

Times New Roman twelve-point I’m gonna make sure it’s a standard black, right there for the font color then I’m gonna click this little arrow by paragraph. We’re gonna give it a hanging indent and we’re gonna make it double spaced and I always add this too – don’t add extra space. O.K. so there and we’ll check it over for accuracy.

But we have a pretty nice I could think there could be this is no it’s it’s right. It looked a little funny to me but this is a good citation. O.K. now if we want to double-check the accuracy of it that I would recommend is on the FRCC website for the Boulder County campus if you go into here beneath the databases where it says MLA and APA citation assistance, we’ll bring up an MLA cheat sheet.

Now let’s just open that up and we can check the format. Here article from Proquest and check it, check its accuracy against this. Let’s minimize that for now go back to our citation. O.K. so now we have a good citation now we have to add an annotation.

Now we have to add a short summary that’s gonna tell us what this article is. Now I’ve come up with a summary for this one so I’m just going to type this in. Do not just try to copy and paste the abstract from the article.

Read the article yourself and summarize it for yourself, that’s the whole point of this assignment, is for you to read it and summarize what it is. You might be able to get away with reading the abstract and the introduction and the conclusion, but I would recommend reading the whole article. So I’m just going to summarize this. I’ll probably make a lot of typos as we do this, I’ll correct them later. Here we go. The privacy problems that users of Facebook encounter are primarily due to design flaws in the website itself. (I’ll go back and correct the typos in a second I’m sure making lots of them) Users of this online social network are generally unaware that while Facebook mimics real time friendship it lacks the basic safeguards that are in place in face to face interactions. OK now I’ve got to correct all of my typos which I always make.

That’s ok. And let’s see, friendship looks a little off there. And no I before E. OK we’re gonna add that. OK so there is my basic citation, I’ve got the citation and then I have an annotation a short explanation of what this sources is.

Let’s try another one. OK let’s say we’ve got an article, let’s try something different. Let’s try a book. Now now I looked up a book earlier that I think would work pretty well for my my paper. I looked in the library catalog and I found this book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains, This is an actual print book.

It’s in the library, there’s three copies all three copies are checked in. Now we’ve got all the information we need her for the citation but it’s a book and its gonna have to be structured a little bit differently. So we’ve got the shallows what the internet is doing to our brains, Nicholas Carr and the year here, 2011, 280 pages. the actual article right
OK So and we’ve got the publisher, New York, NortonWe’re just going to abbreviate that to Norton and not put the WW in there. Let’s go back to the MLA cheat sheet again from library website, let’s look down here and find book.

There we go – book, here’s how we cite a book. So let’s put in that author’s name first, then we’re going to do the title in italics. Then the city of the publisher, colon and the name of the publisher, comma the year. Print explains that we looked at this the actual print book.

OK so here we go, Carr ok Nicholas now we’re gonna have to go to italics. The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our Brains. OK, City, New York for the publisher, colon Norton 2011, print. OK there we have the citation.

Great now with the second part now we have to do the annotation to summarize this. So I’m familiar with this book and I wrote an annotation. What I’d and you know for this thing I’d, you probably don’t have time to read it cover to cover. Read the Introduction, read the first chapter and read the conclusion and at least summarize it. You’ll have more time when you’re actually writing your paper to read the whole book.

So here we go, I’m gonna do my little annotation here – Any new technology will fundamentally alter the nature of a society that uses it regularly. In the rush to embrace the Internet and all its benefits, our society has failed to understand how this new technology is already changing how our nervous systems operate. OK so hey I got through without any typos, at least not that I see right now.

So that’s the part that kind of takes some time, is reading the source and summarizing what it is what it says. So we got this, let’s try another one. Let’s try a article now. I looked up earlier a really good article, a TED talk by Sherry Turkle Connected but Alone, about basically how we’re all connected to our gadgets and our web pages and we’re all communicating but we don’t really know each other anymore.

So I think that would be pretty useful for this. Now the MLA manual which we all know and love : ) The MLA manual very vaguely talks about online articles it doesn’t really cover very well how to cite online articles. So other people have tried to come up with ways to cite it.
I know the OWL at Purdue you’re probably familiar with that. I’m gonna put the OWL at Purdue Here MLA article citation they’ve tried to come up with something.

And you go down here website they’ve come up with kind of a format. That’s pretty good. I like some of the things they have in here and some of them I don’t.

I took this, combined it with what the MLA manual has to say about websites and kind of came up with my own version of it. On that MLA cheatsheet if we type in article whoops let try that again. I did a Control+F. There, it’s a little trick if I can spell it right Control+F and then article takes me to the citation for an online article.

So you want the author’s name or poster’s user name, title, the image or article, Online article, that’s what it is. Name of the website in italics, name of the web site’s publisher, date of the posting, web, and the date retrieved. OK so what I’m gonna do, I’m going to take this article now and see what we can do here.

So we’ve got the author here the presenter, Sherry Turkle. So that part’s easy. Let’s put that in. Turkle, Sherry next let’s look back here.

OK, then we want the title of the article OK and I think it was Connected but not alone. Connected but Alone. O.K. let’s take a look there Connected but alone. OK and we’re gonna type that in in quotation marks. OK and this was on the TED Talks website, and that’s gonna be in italics. Italics there then we want the overall sponsor. The overall sponsor is TED take the italics off TED and the whole title for TED is Ideas Worth Spreading. Whoops. you notice it
And then we do a comma here.

Now if you wanted to check on that, I just went here TED the overall website that posted this Ted ideas worth spreading. Let’s go back, OK filmed February 2012. It would be great if we had a day an actual day, but it just gives us a month and a year so we’ll put in here what we have. That’s the best that we have Feb.

2012. OK Now we need some other things here we need Online article after the title I forgot to put that in there so that’s what this cheat sheet’s for! So after the titlelt; we’re gonna say what is this thing? So your instructor knows what you’re what you’re talking about here.

Actually I should have put that right after the title. OK and then let’s see what else we’re gonna’ put in here. Name of the web site, publisher, date of posting, Web, and the date retrieved.

So we’ll say at the end here, Web and ‘s 22nd of July, and there you go. ve got an article, let
OK so we we have the citation which was kind of an ordeal there, now what we need to do of course, the next we need to write an annotation for this so I’ve written an annotation. I’m going to type this in here.

Oh boy, these typos! Technology has changed how people communicate with each other. While people are more connected then they have ever been, they also are becoming physically isolated in their elec- tronic communities. OK let me correct the typos here, that’s just the way it works with me.

I need a space there. I got that OK so now you notice I’m always doing two sentence annotations for this. Your instructor might want a one sentence annotation or might want a whole paragraph, maybe four sentences. So but this is the way that it’s done. Now the last step that’s very important is to alphabetize these.

So I’m just gonna alphabetize these by author. You could cut and paste them around but there’s an easier way if you’re working with Word. Highlight everything, all of your citations and let’s go up here to a-z this little button. Click OK, and that put them in alphabetical order while keeping them in the format the way that we had set up earlier. So I’m gonna stop there.

We don’t really have time to cover all. We could just keep going but this is the basic way that you do an annotated bibliography. Please contact me in the library or any of the other librarians on staff there, or the library that you actually are a student at.

For any more help we would love to help you do this make an appointment, come and work one-on-one with us. And we’d love to help you with this. Thanks a lot, and until next time this is Jeff signing off