An annotated bibliography is a list of works (books, articles, films, etc.) on a particular subject, with each entry in the list having a description, evaluation, or explanation.
Annotations may be descriptive or evaluative.
A descriptive annotation may summarize:
An evaluative annotation provides both a descriptive and critical evaluation of the source. The evaluative annotation usually begins with broad comments about the focus of the source then moves to more details. Evaluative annotation may include:
Each annotated item should include:
Annotations are typically brief (one paragraph), concise and well-written.
Cornell University Library (2008)
How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography
Earlham College Libraries (2006)
How to Write Annotations
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Annotated Bibliography Samples
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How-to . . . Write an Annotated Bibliography
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Writing an Annotated Bibliography