What is an annotated bibliography? Annotated bibliographies are aggregated lists of resources that correlate with a research topic. Follow the directions below, developed by Cite This For Me, to form a bibliography with annotations. In many nonfiction books and texts, authors provide readers with a suggested listing of resources for further reading.
Published on March 9, by Jack Caulfield. An annotated bibliography is a list of source references that includes a short descriptive text an annotation for each source. It may be assigned as part of the research process for a paper , or as an individual assignment to gather and read relevant sources on a topic. An annotated bibliography can fulfill various purposes, from simply describing the sources to evaluating them and describing their importance for your own research. An example of an evaluative annotation in APA Style is shown below:.
An annotation is more than just a brief summary of an article, book, web site or other type of publication. An annotation should give enough information to make a reader decide whether to read the complete work. In other words, if the reader were exploring the same topic as you, is this material useful and if so, why? While an abstract also summarizes an article, book, web site or other type of publication, it is purely descriptive. Although annotations can be descriptive, they also include distinctive features about an item.
Last Updated: May 27, References Approved. This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, PhD. There are 9 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed , times. While a traditional bibliography only lists citations for sources, an annotated bibliography provides a summary and evaluation of the sources.