WHAT IS AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY?
An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) description and evaluation of the source -- the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.
Creating an annotated bibliography calls for the application of a variety of intellectual skills: concise writing, succinct analysis, and informed library research.
First, locate and record citations to books, periodicals, and documents that may contain useful information and ideas on your topic. Briefly examine and review the actual items. Then choose those works that provide a variety of perspectives on your topic.
Second, cite the book, article, or document using the appropriate style.
Third, write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme of your source. Include:
· An evaluation of the authority or background of the author
· A comment on the intended audience
· Explain how this work illuminates your research topic
SAMPLE ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY ENTRY FOR A JOURNAL ARTICLE
The following example uses the MLA 7th edition for a newspaper citation.
Source: Adapted from “The Annotated Bibliography.” Research & Learning Services, Olin Library. Cornell University Library. Ithaca, NY, USA