Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a list of complete citations of scholarly sources, alongside annotations by you describing what happens in the paper and how it’s relevant for your project. In this deliverable, you will create an annotated bibliography for your thesis project.

Part 1

Please construct an initial annotated bibliography containing at least 7 scholarly sources. Your sources can address a range of questions, like:

  • Why is this problem important?
  • Who has worked on this problem before?
  • What are the strengths or limitations of existing solution methods?
  • In what way is my planned approach different from what’s been done so far?

Accompanying each reference, please include a generous paragraph of annotation. Your paragraph should address the following questions:

  • What is the major contribution of the scholarly source?
  • What are the strengths or limitations of this contribution?
  • How is this contribution relevant to my own plans?

It’s not necessary for you to focus on style. Just make sure that your annotations are in complete sentences that are readable to you, your advisor, and me.

Render the PDF and submit your bibliography on Canvas when you’re done.

Part 2

Please follow the same instructions above, adding 7 more sources to your bibliography.


The file annotated-bibliography.tex has been provided for you on Overleaf. To add an entry:

  1. Ensure that the reference you wish to cite is in a .bib file present in the workspace.
  2. Ensure that the command \addbibresource has been used to make that .bib file visible to the document.
  3. Use the command \annotationcite to insert a complete reference to the scholarly source you wish to discuss.
  4. Type your annotating text under the \annotationcite command.
  5. Recompile as needed.

How To Find Sources?

The best way is just to ask your advisor for readings! Another common and good technique is to take a paper that you know is relevant and search for papers that it cites (or that cite it) in Google Scholar.

The Middlebury Library system has some useful resources for getting around paywalls. Additionally, many articles are available for free as preprints on sites like If you suspect that you need a specific source and are having trouble getting around the paywall, please talk to me or your advisor.

© Phil Chodrow, 2023