Annotated Bibliography Sample

Hi Everyone,

I hope you had a productive library day on Wednesday. There were a few requests about the formatting of your annotations. Here is a sample from a student’s annotated bibliography about transfeminism. I’ll share the introduction for this one on Monday.

Mock, Janet. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More.

New York, NY: Atria Paperbacks, 2014. Print.


Janet Mock’s auto-biography Redefining Realness (2014) shares the authors personal story of being a trans woman, how her transition affected her, and the insight she gained from her experiences. Mock traces her self awareness from her childhood until the present, showing the evolution of self acceptance of her intersectional existence.   She details her own journey in order to inspire other trans individuals and to prove that trans people are multi faceted and more than the gender with which they identify. Her increased visibility asserts her to the status of role model and activist.

Trans feminism is rooted in the idea of intersectionality. The experiences of the individual when woven together with others creates the rich tapestry that makes up the trans experience. I will use Mock’s book as a touchstone of experiences while weaving it with the stories of those individuals in True Trans with Laura Jane Grace. Her appearance on Piers Morgan’s show and her new talk show So Popular on MSNBC continue to increase her profile. For that reason I will be further exploring Mock’s contributions to pop culture. As an activist, Mock uses every opportunity as a teachable moment by remaining true to herself and sharing that truth with the audience. It seems necessary to further explore the stories of trans women of color and the struggles for them within the feminist, LGBT, and black lives matter movements. As an answer to trans women perpetuating feminine stereotypes: “To embody ‘realness,’ rather than performing and competing ‘realness,’ enables trans women to enter spaces with a lower risk of being rebutted or questioned, policed or attacked. ‘Realness’ is a pathway to survival, and the heaviness of theses truths were a lot for a thirteen-year-old to carry, especially one still ruing to figure out who she was.” p. 116.

As you can see, the student has their MLA citation right away. It’s followed by the rhetorical precis for their first paragraph and a summary of how they want to use it in their second. You then follow it up with your next source in the same exact format. By the way, this student’s second paragraph is pretty long, but full of great content. Your precis will follow the 4 sentence structure from the handout and your summary length is up to you.

I hope that helps….



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