Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a great tool to help scholarly writers move from the research to the drafting phase of a writing project, particularly when managing a large number of sources. A bibliography is an alphabetized list of sources relevant to a particular area of inquiry or research question; an annotated bibliography goes beyond merely giving the citation information for the sources to provide the reader with more information about the content of those sources. The content information is called the annotation.

  • Types of Annotation
    • Summative
    • Evaluative
  • Uses of Annotated Bibliographies
  • Format of Annotated Bibliographies in APA Style
  • Organization of Annotated Bibliography Entries
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Why did my instructor assign an annotated bibliography as part of my research project?
    • What is the difference between an abstract and an annotation? Can't I just cut and paste the library abstract into my annotated bibliography?
    • Can I use software programs to create my annotated bibliography? Why should I consider doing that?

annotated bibliography

Review this module to build your knowledge of types and formatting of annotated bibliographies.

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