Each entry in an annotated bibliography includes full source information and a brief summary of
the source's main points or arguments. The example below is from a student's annotated
bibliography of Pudd'nhead Wilson.
Excerpt from an Annotated Bibliography
Chellis, Barbara A. “Those Extraordinary Twins: Negroes and Whites.” American Quarterly
21 (1969): 100-12.
Chellis sees Pudd'nhead Wilson as an exposure of “the fiction of law and custom” that
has justified distinctions between blacks and whites. Twain develops his theme through his
characterizations of Roxy, Tom, and Chambers. According to Chellis, Roxy's
"crime"—condemning the real Tom to slavery—stems not from the influence of her race but
from that of her white values. Tom is spoiled and selfish, the kind of person produced by white
society's values. The invalidity of race distinctions is further pointed out through the servility of
Chambers, who is white. Black servility is ultimately seen to be nothing more than training.