What is an annotated bibliography?
An annotated bibliography is a listing of the resources you will use in your paper, along with a short narrative explanation of each resource. It is an excellent pre-cursor to a literature review and helps you organize and classify what you have read. Each annotated in your annotated bibliography should include:
A brief summary of the content of the resource (book, book chapter, article, etc.)
An explanation of how the resource supports your argument or contributes to your research topic.
Some other things that might be important to include in your annotation:
- what type of resource is it?
- who is the intended audience?
- who is the author and what qualifies her/him to write about this topic?
- what was her/his purpose for writing/creating it?