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Annotated Bibliography

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

An annotated bibliography consists of a citation (the information you’d include in a regular bibliography) and the annotation. The annotation is a short (a few sentences to a paragraph) description or critique of the citation. The annotation can include any of the following:

  • 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

An annotated bibliography begins with the citation and is followed by the annotation. Need help?  Check-out this handy PowerPoint, ask the Teacher-Librarian, or refer to the links below.

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