What is an Annotated Bibliography? (brief video)
Writing an Annotated Bibliography
An annotated bibliography is an organized list of citations (sources such as books, articles, and other materials) relating to a specific topic where each citation is followed with a brief descriptive note or "annotation." The citations are formatted in a specific citation style, such as MLA, APA, or Chicago (your instructor should indicate the style they want you to use). The annotations in your bibliography can:
- describe the book or article's content
- demonstrate the book or article's relevance to your research
- discuss the reliability or validity of the book or article's content
- present your reactions to the book or article's content
Several excellent online tutorials are available to help you arrange, write and format your annotated bibliography. You may wish to begin with the GVC Writing Center tutorial on annotated biblographies (see link in lower left).
It can be helpful to review samples of existing annotated bibliographies, too. Remember, however, to follow the style and format that your instructor has indicated in your assignment.
Thanks to Susan Hollis for sharing information for this page.