A bibliography is a list of resources that you've either cited or consulted in your research. An annotated bibliography is a bibliography with brief summaries (also known as annotations) of each cited resource. Each entry in an annotated bibliography has two distinct parts:
Sometimes, the annotations include additional details, such as:
Be sure to read through your assignment instructions carefully to ensure that your annotations include the appropriate details.
Keep in mind that annotations are different than abstracts. An abstract is a summary of an entire article in the same order as the original, and they are typically found at the beginning of scholarly journal articles.
An annotation focuses on the topic that you are researching. Your main goal is to summarize resources as they relate to your topic.
Your annotations should summarize the resource in your own words. Consider:
If you are asked to evaluate the resource, consider:
If you are asked to explain how the resource fits into your own research, consider: