MLA – Annotated Sample
Annotated Works Cited/Bibliography/Reference
Brief Description of Annotating
Annotating is the process of adding information to each reference in your Works
Cited or Bibliography section. Annotated items use the standard format for Works
Cited entries followed by a short description and evaluation of the source as it
relates to your assignment. Annotations should include:
a short summary of the item (2-4 sentences) and
a brief analysis of the item as it relates to your research topic. This will
vary depending on the requirements set by your teacher
Do not triple space between entries.
Annotated Works Cited
Harris, Joanne. Five Quarters of an Orange. Boston: Harper, 2002.
This book follows a family during the German occupation of France in the Second World
War. It examines the consequences of occupation on a dysfunctional family. Five Quarters of
an Orange is recommended by the CBC book review site and would likely work well as a
comparison novel for A Complicated Kindness since both deal with dysfunctional families.
Policy.ca. 2000-2006. 1 Mar. 2007 < http://www.policy.ca>.
This site is a clearing house for policy documents related to Canadian Social Issues. The
News section covers current topics such as school rankings, political policy and immigration.
The Articles section has resources categorized under aboriginal, child and family, cities and
communities, and environment. The articles are from reputable institutions such as the NDP
and the Howe Institute; however, there is bias in this site. All the articles lean to the left.
Furthermore the ownership and authorship of the site is unclear. Although university
contributors are listed, it is unclear whether the editors/compilers are professors or students.
This is an excellent site to gain insight into social issues and policy in Canada but, to ensure
balance, other sources should be consulted.
Smith, Sharron and Maureen O'Connor. Canadian Fiction: A Guide to Reading Interests. Westport:
Libraries Unlimited, 2005.
This Canadian reading guide is an excellent reference for anyone looking for advice on the
next book to read. Each chapter of the book focuses on one specific type of fiction, namely:
setting, plot, character, language, and finally genre. Both authors are well suited to writing
this book as they are librarians in public library systems. Aside from having many years of
interaction with readers and books, both have been involved with numerous book clubs. Their
expertise shows through in the organization and approach to the selection process.
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