What is an Annotated Bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is an organized list of sources, each of which is followed by a brief note, or "annotation."

These annotations do one or more of the following:

  • describe the content and focus of the book or article
  • suggest the source's usefulness to your research
  • evaluate its method, conclusions, or reliability
  • record your reactions to the source

From The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Examples of Common Forms of Annotations

What goes into the content of annotations?

See descriptions and examples of these types of annotations:

  • indicative
  • informative
  • evaluative
  • combination

From The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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