What is an annotated bibliography?
An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles and documents followed by a descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The annotation is to inform the reader about the quality, relevance and accuracy of the cited source.
The purpose of an annotated bibliography is to provide descriptive and critical information about the resources used in a writer’s research process or to serve as a review of the literature published on a specific topic. It also places original research in a historical context.
1. The process of compiling an annotated bibliography begins with:
2. Once you have your list, write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the work. Annotations should include most of the following:
Adapted from UC-Davis Libraries
Last modified: December 20, 2010
Examples of Annotated Bibliographies