An annotated bibliography is a bibliography that gives a summary of each of the entries. The purpose of annotations is to provide the reader with a summary and an evaluation of the source. Each summary should be a concise exposition of the source's central idea(s) and give the reader a general idea of the source's content.
Types of annotations
Annotations may be written with different goals in mind.
This type of annotation is a summary of the source. An informative annotation should include the thesis of the work, arguments or hypothesis, proofs and a conclusion.
Most annotated bibliographies contain combination annotations. This type of annotation will summarize or describe the topic, and then evaluate the source's usefulness and a summary. Usually also includes a detailed analysis on the reason the article was written.
Sample entry of an APA style annotated bibliography:
- What is an Annotated Bibliography? by the University of New South Wales The Learning Centre
- "Bibliographies". KU Writing Center. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- Geoff Stacks, Erin Karper (2001). "Annotated Bibliographies". Purdue University. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
- "Annotated Bibliographies: Content". Writer's Handbook. University of Wisconsin at Madison: The Writing Center. Archived from the original on 4 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
- "Purdue OWL". OWL. 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-24.