Annotated Works Consulted

a research guide

What is an Annotated Works Consulted

A Works Consulted is a list of sources (books, journals, websites, periodicals, etc.) one has used for researching a topic.

An annotation is a summary and/or evaluation.

Therefore, an annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources.

Writing an Annotated Works Consulted

Depending on your project or the assignment, your annotations may do one or more of the following:

  • Summarize: Some annotations merely summarize the source. What are the main arguments? What is the point of this book or article? What topics are covered? If someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say? The length of your annotations will determine how detailed your summary is.
  • Assess: After summarizing a source, it may be helpful to evaluate it. Is it a useful source? How does it compare with other sources in your bibliography? Is the information reliable? Is this source biased or objective? What is the goal of this source?
  • Reflect: Once you've summarized and assessed a source, you need to ask how it fits into your research. Was this source helpful to you? How does it help you shape your argument? How can you use this source in your research project? Has it changed how you think about your topic? How did it help you understand your topic?


Annotated Works Consulted follows the standard MLA 7 format.

  • Citations are double spaced within and between entries.
  • The second and subsequent lines of each citation are indented 1/2 inch.
  • Citations are in alphabetical order.
  • Entire page is left justified.

A Good Annotation

· encourages you to think critically about the content of the works you are using, their place within a field of study, and their relation to your own research and ideas.

· proves you have read and understand your sources.

· establishes your work as a valid source (C.R.A.P. tested) and you as a competent researcher.

· provides a way for others to decide whether a source will be helpful to their research if they read it.

· could help interested researchers determine whether they are interested in a topic by providing background information and an idea of the kind of work going on in a field.

. is written in the third person

Examples of Annotations

Assessment model (C.R.A.P. test)

Summary Model

Database Summary model