How to Write an mla annotated Bibliography



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How to Write an MLA Annotated Bibliography

  1. Before you start typing, set your margins. MLA requires your margins to be 1 inch top, bottom, left, and right. In Microsoft Word, start a new document and then click the Page Layout tab, then click the Margins button. Be sure the margins are set to Normal (Top 1”, Bottom 1”, Left 1” and Right 1” ).

  2. Spacing- . Click the Home tab and then click the little arrow in the Paragraph group.



Be sure the Spacing before and after is set to 0 pt. If you need to make a change in the Spacing, be sure to click the OK button to accept the change.







  1. Before you start typing, set up the spacing to double space. In the Paragraph group, click the line spacing drop-down arrow and select 2.0.


  1. MLA style wants a specific font and font size. In the Font group, click on the Font drop-down arrow and select Times New Roman. Click on the Font Size drop-down arrow and select 12 point type.

  2. Headers appear at the top of every page in your document. Your header must always include your last name and page number. Click the Insert tab. Click the Page Number button and select Top of Page. Select Plain Number 3. The pager number appears on the right side with the insertion point before it. Type in your last name and then press the [Space bar] once. Click the red Close Header and Footer button on the right.



  1. Below the Header, on the left, type in your name, your instructor’s name, the name of the class and the date you hand in the bibliography. Click the Center Alaign button and type in your title, then a colon, then the words An Annotated Bibliography.




  1. Below the title, create an MLA citation for each source. Be sure the sources are listed alphabetically. If the citation takes up more than one line, indent the second line. This is called a “hanging indent.” To create a hanging indent, first type in the citation and then select (highlight) the entire citation. Click the Home tab and then click the paragraph launcher button. This opens the paragraph dialog box.




  1. When the paragraph dialog box appears, select Hanging from the Special: drop-down box and then click OK.




  1. Begin your annotation immediately after the bibliographic information of the source ends; don’t skip a line down unless you have been told to do so by your instructor1. Remember that an annotation is a summary and/or evaluation of each of your sources (about 6-8 sentences).



1 5.3.1 On page 130 of MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th Ed.).

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