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.
The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy,
and quality of the sources cited.


Creating an annotated bibliography calls for the application of a variety of intellectual skills:

(a) concise exposition,
(b) succinct analysis,
(c) and informed library research.

1. First, 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.

3. Cite the book, article, or document using the appropriate style.

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 (will be helpful in creating your story) your bibliography topic.

Provided with permission from:
Olin Library Reference, Research & Learning Services, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY, USA