Annotated Outline And Bibliography Template


  • Initial Note: The conclusion derived from your Annotated Bibliography should serve as the starting point for your descriptions. Your introduction and any background sections should point you toward the thesis you developed in the Annotated Bibliography.
  • Project formatting:
    • Document format: Word (DOC or DOCX), WordPerfect (WPD, WP7, WP6, etc.), or RTF only.
    • Layout: 1" margins with 1/2" paragraph indentation, double-spaced, 12-point Times Roman or Calibri font.
      • Note: On older versions of Microsoft Word, the default margins are 1.25" — you must change this (from the "File" menu, select "Page Setup...").
  • The top of your first page begins with a working title followed underneath by "Annotated Outline", your name(s) in alphabetical order, the course number. Do not use a separate title page.
  • You must explicitly mention half or more of the sources you used in your Annotated Bibliography. The purpose of this is to show me how you will use these sources. You may (should!) mention additional sources (gathered since your Annotated Bibliography was submitted). All sources you use must be properly cited in your outline. They must also be properly referenced at the end of your outline (properly alphabetized, APA style).
    • Note: You will lose 1/2 point for each reference from your bibliography, beyond half, not used in your outline.
  • You must create sections for your paper (see Project Component #3 from the Guidelines page — the page you came from to get here!). This constitutes the basic outline of your paper. Be sure to include any appropriate sub-sections (e.g., if you have Background section, you might have sub-sections for several election years, or sub-sections for several committees or congresses, or sub-sections for several presidential administrations or cabinet departments.
    • Note: Section headings should be in Bold type. Sub-section headings should Italicized.
  • For each section and sub-section of your outline, write a paragraph or more describing and summarizing that section or sub-section. Be sure to include properly cited discussions of the works that are important to these sections. In the long run, you will be glad you did this because a good annotated outline will give you a clear view of where your project is headed (and maybe more importantly, it will give you a chance to change direction where needed).


Click here for a SAMPLE of what your Annotated Outline should look like.

Helpful Links (but don't forget that OURs requires a concluding paragraph, which is different from the standard annotated bibliography):

The following example uses the APA format for the journal citation.

Waite, L. J., Goldschneider, F. K., & Witsberger, C. (1986). Nonfamily living and the erosion of traditional family orientations among young adults. American Sociological Review,51, 541-554.

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 away 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.

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