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