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Annotated Bibliography

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

An annotated bibliography consists of a citation (refer to above) 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 argument
  • describe strengths / weaknesses of argument
  • whether the resource was useful

An annotated bibliography begins with the citation and is followed by the annotation. Need help?  Ask one of the Teacher-Librarians, refer to the links below, or both!

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