an•no•ta•tion: n. 1. The act or process of furnishing critical commentary or explanatory notes. 2. A critical or explanatory note; a commentary.
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th ed., Houghton Mifflin, 2009.
What is an Annotated Bibliography?
A list of citations for books, articles, websites, and other materials where each citation is accompanied by a brief descriptive and evaluative statement, called an annotation.
Annotations are different from the abstracts you will find accompanying journal article citations in online databases. Abstracts are descriptive. Your annotation must extend beyond the descriptive element to include an evaluation of the book or article.
An annotated bibliography is a tool for exploring a topic of interest. The process of reading and reflecting on the materials you find in the gather part of the research process can help you understand the topic, identify multiple perspectives, explore different methods used to investigate the topic, and give you ideas for developing the thesis for your paper.
How are Annotations Created?
Questions to consider when evaluating the item and writing your annotation include:
The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition provides the following basic information for creating an annotated bibliography.
Figure 9.3 Sample Annotated Bibliography
Annotated Bibliographies. University Libraries, U of Nevada Las Vegas, www.library.unlv.edu/, 2018.