This sample paper can be used as a template to set up your assignment. It includes a title page, main body paragraph with footnotes, and a bibliography.
If you are adding an appendix to your paper there are a few rules to follow that comply with Chicago guidelines:
This sample annotated bibliography shows you the structure you should use to write a Chicago style annotated bibliography and gives examples of evaluative and summary annotations.
It can be used as a template to set up your assignment.
Finished your assignment? Use this checklist to be sure you haven't missed any information needed for Chicago style.
Assemble your paper in the following order:
Use Times New Roman, Size 12 (unless otherwise instructed).
Margins and Indents
Your margins should be 1 inch on all sides.
Indent new paragraphs by one-half inch.
Double-space the main text of your paper.
Single-space the footnotes and bibliography, but add a blank line between entries.
Start numbering your pages on the second page of your paper (don't include the title page).
Put your page numbers in the header of the first page of text (skip the title page), beginning with page number 1. Continue numbering your pages to the end of the bibliography.
Place the footnote number at the end of the sentence in which you have quoted or paraphrased information from another source. The footnote number should be in superscript, and be placed after any punctuation.
Put your footnotes in the footer section of the page.
See an example in the "Sample Paper with Bibliography" box on this page.
Here are nine quick rules for this list:
An annotated bibliography is a list of citations for various books, articles, and other sources on a topic. The annotated bibliography looks like a Works Cited page but includes an annotation after each source cited. An annotation is a short summary and/or critical evaluation of a source. Annotated bibliographies can be part of a larger research project, or can be a stand-alone report in itself.
Types of Annotations
A summary annotation describes the source by answering the following questions: who wrote the document, what the document discusses, when and where was the document written, why was the document produced, and how was it provided to the public. The focus is on description.
An evaluative annotation includes a summary as listed above but also critically assesses the work for accuracy, relevance, and quality. Evaluative annotations can help you learn about your topic, develop a thesis statement, decide if a specific source will be useful for your assignment, and determine if there is enough valid information available to complete your project. The focus is on description and evaluation.
Remember: Annotations are original descriptions that you create after reading the document. When researching, you may find journal articles that provide a short summary at the beginning of the text. This article abstract is similar to a summary annotation. You may consult the abstract when creating your evaluative annotation, but never simply copy it as that would be considered plagiarism.