Creating an Annotated Bibliography

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) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation, which assesses the nature and value of the cited works. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited. It is not a review or complete summary of what you read. The annotation should not be longer than five to six sentences.

Below are instructions for developing your annotated bibliography.

Guidelines for Creating an Annotated Bibliography