What is an annotated bibliography?
It is the same as a “regular” bibliography (also known as a Works Cited or References list), with the addition of annotations (short paragraphs about each source). Two types of annotated bibliographies are the most common:
- Descriptive: annotations describe the content of a source
- Evaluative: annotations describe AND critically evaluate the source
What is an annotation?
A short paragraph (50-200 words) that describes and/or evaluates each citation (source of information listed in your bibliography). An evaluative annotation judges, in your opinion, the relevance, quality, and accuracy of each citation.
Do I have to read the entire book/article?
Not necessarily! Look for information in:
- book reviews
- table of contents
- first and last paragraphs
Unless otherwise advised, make sure your Annotated Bibliography is in alphabetical order. Start each annotation with a correct citation in the required citation style (e.g., APA, MLA, Chicago).