Chicago/Turabian 17 style bibliographies can be stressful. But, sometimes you’re required to write a Chicago style annotated bibliography too. A Chicago annotated bibliography includes your citations plus an annotation summarizing or evaluating each resource used. That’s why it’s called an annotated bibliography.
To get a clear picture of how to create your annotations, explore the format and view an example of a Chicago annotated bibliography. Then, you can rest assured that you are creating your bibliography annotations correctly.
Creating an Annotated Bibliography in Chicago Style
When writing a Chicago style annotated bibliography, citations in author-date or notes-bibliography formats stay exactly the same. That’s a relief, right? However, what you will include is an annotation of the source you used. The annotations come in two varieties: summary and evaluative.
Read on for how to write an annotated bibliography, Chicago style.
How to Write Summary Annotations
A summary annotated entry is a brief explanation of what information is available in the source. It also describes the author and publisher, as well as any other relevant bibliographic data. That is all you need to include.
How to Write Evaluative Annotations
In an evaluative annotation, you’ll also need to critically analyze each source. This means you’ll explain why and how this source is important to your research. Here’s a list to get you started.
- Evaluate the authority of the author.
- Are they an expert in their field? What are their credentials?
- Identify the intended audience.
- How does this source tie into your research?
- You may also compare and contrast the source to others in your bibliography.
Annotated Bibliography – Chicago Style Example Entry
Here is an example of an annotated bibliography entry in Chicago author-date style.
How to Format a Chicago Style Annotated Bibliography
Arrange an annotated bibliography the same way as a regular bibliography page. Just follow the letter by letter alphabetizing method by the author(s) last name. If there is no author, use the title, the organization’s name or the website. Finally, follow the same spacing and page formatting as in your bibliography.
Annotated Bibliographies as Sources
Many times, Chicago style format annotated bibliographies are published as a whole work on their own. These bibliographies are excellent sources for your research. For example, this annotated bibliography evaluates sources on Civil War activities in Lorain County, Ohio.
Chicago Style Annotated Bibliography, No Problem!
Creating a Chicago annotated bibliography is an excellent way to sharpen your research skills. Firstly, you’ll learn how to find information about the source. Also, you will research an author’s background to determine authority and distinguish between a primary and secondary source. This will have you well on your way to becoming a Chicago style bibliography master for creating your next paper.
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