Published on March 9, by Jack Caulfield. An annotated bibliography is a list of source references that includes a short descriptive text an annotation for each source. It may be assigned as part of the research process for a paper , or as an individual assignment to gather and read relevant sources on a topic. An annotated bibliography can fulfill various purposes, from simply describing the sources to evaluating them and describing their importance for your own research.
An annotated bibliography is an expanded version of a regular bibliography —those lists of sources you find at the end of a research paper or book. The difference is that an annotated bibliography contains an added feature: a paragraph or annotation under each bibliographical entry. The purpose of the annotated bibliography is to provide the reader with a complete overview of the articles and books that have been written about a certain subject. Learning some background about annotated bibliographies—as well as a few key steps to writing one—will help you to quickly create an effective annotated bibliography for your assignment or research paper.
However, the prompt gives you pause. What is an annotated bibliography? Where did this come from?