Annotated bibliography resources

03 Nov

Are you creating an annotated bibliography for your GS10 paper or another project?

Need a few resources to support your success?  Here you go!  Note: The definition below and comparison with an abstract are adapted from a handout created by staff at Olin Library at Cornell University.

What is an annotated bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and other documents, including, if applicable, multimedia documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the quality, affiliations/bias, accuracy, and relevance of the sources cited.

How is an annotation different from an abstract?

  • Abstracts are the descriptive summaries often found at the beginning of scholarly journal articles.
  • Annotations are descriptive and critical. In addition to describing the type of source and its scope and content, annotations critique the author’s credentials, point-of-view, affiliations/bias, and the degree to which their writing is clear, comprehensive, and appropriate in its tone/expression.

Annotation requirements vary by course and teacher, but generally an annotation should address the following: questions_an_annotation_answers (PDF).

Scholarly, trade/professional, or popular journal – How do you tell? 

Consult this checklist from Cornell University Library or this Peabody Library video:

Other evaluation resources

The ability to critique sources effectively is a core research skill.  If you have questions about this or another element of the research process, stop by the library.

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