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Research Help

What to Consider in an Annotation?

Summarize the resource's relevance in 1-2 sentences.

Evaluate it in 1-2 sentences: Is the author qualified? Did you consider their point of view or biases?

Reflect on how it can be useful in 1-2 sentences: How is this source useful in your research? Did you change your opinion?

Format the document properly and arrange the content alphabetically.

Annotated Bibliography Checklist

  • Does it follow general academic writing rules?
  • Does it tell the reader more than a list of citations would?
  • Does it summarize or evaluate the sources for your research topic?
  • Does it cover the strengths and weaknesses of the sources?

An annotated bibliography is - a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a paragraph with a brief description and evaluation, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.

Video Introduction to Annotated Bibliographies

Why Ask Students to Make Annotated Bibliographies?

What is the Importance of an Annotated Bibliography?
In addition, writing an annotated bibliography helps you develop skills related to critically reading and identifying the key points of a research study and to effectively synthesize the content in a way that helps the reader determine its validity and usefulness in relation to the research problem or topic of investigation.
USC Libraries/Reference Guides:  Aug 31, 2021

Annotated Bibliography Video Tips