Creating an Annotated Bibliography

After finding resources throughout the semester, it’s an excellent idea to write an annotation for your bibliography in MLA format. This will help you organize your research and easily refer back to your information. In order to annotate you will need to list the references in MLA format and then you must include:

1. a short summary of the source (4-5 sentences)
a. What are the general ideas of the sources?
b. What is the point of the source?
c. What argument is the author making?

2. an evaluation of the quality of the source in terms of accuracy,
authority, and overall usefulness

3. how this source will support your project

You are expected to use a variety of resources including one of each of the following: books, subject-specific encyclopedias, journal articles, news articles and web resources. A reference librarian will describe different resources during your instruction session. Your final reference page will be an accumulation of this variety of resources you used.


Nanda, S. (2000). Gender diversity: Crosscultural variations. Long Grove, IL:
Waveland Press, Inc.

“Gender Diversity” discusses the cultural differences about gender/sex from seven different countries; North American, India, Brazil, Polynesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Euro-America. The author also examines gender diversity historically and intraculturally. She makes the distinction that a person is identified by social roles, not just sexuality. Lastly, she examines the impact of globalization on gender identity.

I identify this resource as scholarly from the great array of references included and the glossary of terminology. Serena Nanda has done extensive anthropological research in the field of gender diversity which merits her authority of the subject matter. This resource is extremely useful in that it covers my topic, gender diversity, and the culture in which I am studying. I will use this book in terms of background material and as a reference to other resources to use for my paper.