-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.
-The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.
1. To learn about your research topic- they help you think critically instead of just collect sources, and see how your research might fit into the overall scholarship.
2. To help other researchers- published annotated bibliographies provide a comprehensive overview of everything important that has been and is being said about that topic
Depending on your project or the assignment, your annotations may do one or more of the following.
1. Locate and record citations to books, periodicals, and documents that may contain useful information and ideas on your topic.
2. Briefly examine and review the actual items. Then choose those works that provide a variety of perspectives on your topic.
4. Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the book or article. Include one or more sentences that (a) evaluate the authority or background of the author, (b) comment on the intended audience, (c) compare or contrast this work with another you have cited, or (d) explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic.
Bisignani, D., Brizee, A. (2013). Annotated Bibliographies. Retrieved from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/614/01/
Blumenthal, A., Cosgrave, T., & Engle, M. (2012). How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography. Retrieved from https://go.owu.edu/~dapeople/AnnotBib.pdf