Answered By: Lindley Homol
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2021     Views: 869

An annotated bibliography is an organized list of sources. Unlike the standard bibliography, an annotated bibliography contains a paragraph-length annotation after each of the sources. The information included in the annotation will depend on what type of annotated bibliography you are writing: descriptive or critical. Depending on the type of bibliography, your annotation might include:

  • The purpose of the work
  • A summary of its content
  • The audience for the work
  • The work's relevance to your topic
  • Any unique features of the material
  • Any strengths, weaknesses, or biases in the material

For more information about the types of annotated bibliographies and examples of annotations, please see our guide on annotated bibliographies.  

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