What is an Annotated Bibliography?
What is an annotated bibliography?
An annotated bibliography which includes descriptive and evaluative comments about the sources cited in your paper.
How do I format my annotated bibliography?
An annotated bibliography entry consists of two components: the Citation and the Annotation.
The citation should be formatted in the bibliographic style that your professor has requested for the assignment. Some common citation styles include APA, MLA, and Chicago. For more information, see the How to Cite - Guide to Citing Sources in Your Research Paper.
Normally, an annotation is approximately 100-300 words in length (one paragraph). However, your instructor may have different expectations so it is recommended that you clarify the assignment guidelines before you begin.
An annotation may include the following information:
- A brief summary of the source
- The source’s strengths and weaknesses
- The conclusions made
- Why the source is relevant in your field of study
- An evaluation of the research methodology (if applicable)
- Information about the author’s background
- Your personal conclusions about the source
- Its relationships to other studies in the field