Annotated Bibliography

What is an annotated bibliography and how do I make one?

bibliography is a list of resources used in your research. Each bibliography entry is called a citation. An annotated bibliography is something extra, it includes a paragraph for each citation that summarizes and evaluates the resource.  Each paragraph is called an annotation.

Things to put in each annotation include:

  • a summary of the resource
  • information on the author’s background
  • highlight possible biases of the source
  • describe strengths / weaknesses of the source
  • whether the resource was useful for the assignment

This PowerPoint explains in detail what an annotated bibliography is and the basics of how to make on. For more specfic step by step information look at this handout.

Need more help?  Ask the Librarian, or refer to the links below.

Cornell University Library Guides: How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography
Concordia University Libraries: How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography