Criminal Justice Students: Writing the Annotated Bibliography

how-to-write-an-annotated-bibliography-1-728The criminal justice undergraduate annotated bibliography is a list of current scholarly literature. Each reference in the annotated bibliography is an evaluation of the article content and the description is between 130 to 150 words. The evaluation of the article informs the audience as to the importance of key topics in the article.

The annotated bibliography is descriptive with critical analysis and articulates the scholars/researchers point of view and purpose.

The annotated bibliography is formatted in APA Style 6th edition. The annotated bibliography is written in the third person.  No quotes are used in annotated bibliography and the analysis is the student’s original writing. Do not use in-text citations within the body of the analysis.

Purpose of the Annotated Bibliography

  • Highlights the quality of scholarly articles used.
  • Describes the articles and key concepts.
  • Allows the author to use their own voice to analyze the article’s quality.
  • A concise description of the scholarly articles.

AnnotatedBibliographyIconElements of the Annotated Bibliography

  • The scholar/researcher experience and education on the topic.
  • The purpose and scope of the article.
  • The research methods used (qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods).
  • The scholar/researcher intended audience for the article.
  • The scholar/researcher bias on the topic.
  • The relationship of the article to other relevant work in the field.
  • The scholar/researcher findings, results, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • The student’s analysis of the article strengths and weaknesses.

What’s an annotated bibliography?

Creating an APA Format Annotated Bibliography

Sample APA Style Annotated Bibliography


About the Author

Mark Bond

Mark Bond has worked in law enforcement and has been a firearms instructor for more than 33 years. His law enforcement experience includes the military, local, state and federal levels as a police officer and criminal investigator. Mark obtained a BS and MS in criminal justice, and M.Ed in educational leadership with Summa Cum Laude honors. Mark has a doctoral degree in education (EdD) with a concentration in college teaching and learning. Mark is currently an assistant professor of criminal justice at a university and adjunct professor of administration of justice studies at a community college.

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