What is an Annotated Bibliography?


A bibliography is a list of citations. In an annotated bibliography, each citation is followed by a paragraph (the annotation) which describes and/or evaluates the source.

Annotations are generally between 100-150 words, although the length can vary depending on the purpose of the assignment and instructor preference.   

In some cases, annotations are mainly descriptive. The goal is to summarize the major arguments or themes of the source. In other cases, however, you may be required to critically analyze or evaluate the source. Some instructors may ask you to compare the source to other sources or to explain why the source is relevant to your research.

In order to determine the specific requirements for your annotated bibliography assignment, review your assignment instructions or consult your professor.

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