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Annotated Bibliography Editing

What is Different about Annotated Bibliography Editing?

An annotated bibliography showcases a student’s effective research skills. However, this form of academic writing hinges on accurate referencing and the ability to synthesise broad and deep reading. An excellent annotated bibliography will draw insightful conclusions about the literature and assess the limitations of current research, as well as its usefulness for your own research (if appropriate). Our essay editing service provides you with the assurance that your quality research will not be obscured by language or referencing errors.

Annotated bibliographies require exceptional referencing skills and concise synthesis of ideas and arguments. Annotated bibliographies take slightly different forms across the disciples, due to variances in referencing style and the extent of summarised content. A law student’s annotated bibliography will look different to that of an education student, in both referencing style and type and length of annotations.

Capstone Editing’s editors have specialised knowledge of all the academic referencing styles (APA, Harvard, MLA, AGLC, Chicago etc.) and extensive experience across academic fields. We will ensure your annotated bibliography is presented accurately and consistently. When the difference between a comma and a full stop can cause a reference or citation to be incorrect, you can trust that Capstone Editing’s essay editors can implement a referencing style precisely, ensuring you avoid all the common mistakes as well as the uncommon ones, which an editor who isn’t a specialist might not notice.

In addition to being specialists in referencing and academic writing, Capstone Editing’s essay editors can ensure that your annotated bibliography is formatted correctly and conforms to all the necessary academic conventions.

The Benefits of Annotated Bibliography Editing

The purpose of an annotated bibliography is to demonstrate a student’s knowledge of the literature on a given topic. As such, writing and referencing skills are on display. You do not want excellent research to be obscured by incoherent writing or incomplete referencing. Many students opt to use referencing software; however, the software is unable to tell you what should be included in a reference or where to reference. A software program can put items in a certain order, but it cannot check the items, not ensure that the order it has used is the one your university requires. An experienced editor can provide you with the assurance that your referencing is comprehensive and correct. (For more info on the weaknesses of referencing software, please read our blog article ‘Should I Use Referencing Software’.)

Annotations may be as short as a sentence or as long as several paragraphs. Capstone Editing’s highly qualified and experienced editors can ensure that your written work addresses the assessment question. Annotated bibliographies vary—you may be asked to summarise, analyse, evaluate or personally reflect on sources. Our editors provide feedback about your writing to help you craft sophisticated written responses.

Specifically, your editor will ensure your annotated bibliography:
  • Adheres to the requirements of the task, such as answering the assessment question in a concise and effective manner
  • Effectively summarises content, with unclear phrases flagged for your attention
  • Is correctly and consistently presented (i.e., spelling, grammar and punctuation)
  • Is accurately referenced (APA, Harvard, MLA, Chicago etc.)
  • Is formatted according to the university or institution guidelines
Having your annotated bibliography edited by Capstone Editing:
  • Saves you time spent worrying about the minutiae of formatting, referencing and language (i.e., spelling, punctuation and grammar)
  • Instils you with the confidence of knowing that your referencing is accurate
  • Gives you targeted feedback to develop your skills as an academic writer
  • Provides you with the opportunity to improve your work and your results

Our Reputation

We are proud of our reputation as the highest-quality academic editing service available. Testimonials from our past clients and the examples of our editing we provide here demonstrate the quality of our work.

Editing examples

These documents provide representative examples of our work for past clients.


I want to thank Capstone Editing for the invaluable assistance they provided in editing my PhD thesis (following the ‘Guidelines for Editing Research Theses’ as per University of Adelaide requirements). The final edited thesis was perfectly expressed and did not contain any typographical or grammatical errors. This was affirmed by my thesis being accepted without corrections, which I believe is rare. I am especially grateful for the care taken to avoid changing any of my ideas in what was a complex work. In reviewing the edits and comments, I felt at all times that my work had been treated with the greatest sensitivity and respect. Capstone Editing proved their editors to be highly skilled, professional and trustworthy. I highly recommend Capstone Editing to postgraduates and academics seeking a professional academic editor.

Dr Radhika Seimon NHMRC Early Career Fellow University of Sydney

I would confidently recommend the editorial services of Capstone Editing. They are fast, capable and professional. My editor identified a number of places in which the expression and clarity in the grant were able to be improved. Her careful editing saved me valuable time and identified details I had missed in my own revisions. She was careful to ensure that any changes to the expression didn’t change the meaning, and clearly noted where there may have been ambiguity. In today’s competitive research environment, I honestly believe the services of Capstone Editing represent a very worthwhile investment, and I intend to utilise their services again with future grants.

Dr Suzanne Nielsen NHMRC Senior Research Fellow University of New South Wales

A good editor may be the difference between a pass or fail, or more positively, a High Distinction or a Distinction. A good editor will not only attend to spelling, grammar, syntax and structure but will also read and understand the point of the assignment and thus recommend changes in accordance with the specific intentions of the work. A good editor is clear and precise. A good editor offers suggestions towards increasing clarity, that is, what you think you are saying may not be what you have said. This is all the job of a good editor. Capstone's editors are among the best. I have never received less than a High Distinction in any subject since using their services.

Gary Master’s by coursework Flinders University

Dr Lisa Lines was recommended to me by a colleague as an expert editor in her field. It is my pleasure to assert that her editorial services were well worth the investment made. Not only am I grateful for the numerous corrections to errors that I had missed, but I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to learn from her expertise. While I hope to implement some of these skills in the future, I will certainly engage her services again. Her attention to detail, her professionalism and her courteous manner in dealing with my work were greatly appreciated. Dr Lines formatted my thesis in such a way that it is both easy to read and navigate. It was reassuring to have someone trustworthy to help me in the final stages of my PhD. I recommend Capstone Editing to students and academics alike.

Mark Griffiths PhD Candidate Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

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