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MLA Style Guide Eighth Edition

What's an Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a list of properly cited resources with a brief description of each entry. The following websites will help you understand and create an annotated bibliography in a variety styles.

Sample MLA Annotated Bibliography

This example uses the MLA format for the journal citation. NOTE: Standard MLA practice requires double spacing within citations.

Waite, Linda J., Frances Kobrin Goldscheider, and Christina Witsberger.

          "Nonfamily Living and the Erosion of Traditional Family Orientations

           Among Young   Adults." American Sociological Review 51.4 (1986):

           541-554. Print.

The authors, researchers at the Rand Corporation and Brown University,

use data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women and 

Young Men to test their hypothesis that nonfamily living by young adults

alters their attitudes, values, plans, and expectations, moving them away

from their belief in traditional sex roles. They find their hypothesis strongly

supported in young females, while the effects were fewer in studies of young 

males. Increasing the time way from parents before marrying increased

individualism, self-sufficiency, and changes in attitudes about families.

In contrast, an earlier study by Williams cited below shows no significant

gender differences in sex role attitudes as a result of nonfamily living.