What is an annotated bibliography?
A bibliography is a list of sources that have been used in researching a topic (books, journal articles, websites etc). A bibliography usually just includes bibliographic information (author, date, title, publisher etc).
An annotated bibliography includes a summary or evaluation for each one of these sources.
There are different types of annotated bibliography (check your assignment guidelines to see which one, or combination, is required).
Duvall, John N. "The (Super)Marketplace of Images: Television as Unmediated Mediation in DeLillo's White Noise." Arizona Quarterly, vol. 50, no. 3, 1994, pp. 127-53.*
A brief description of the contents of this source, including key ideas and concepts.
A critical evaluation of the source. A reflection on how this source relate to your research project?
The main text below your citation should be indented. The annotations may be grouped alphabetically (by author last name) or grouped by subject (if it's a lengthier annotated bibliography). Please adhere to your assignment instructions on the number and length of annotations.
*This citation is MLA style. Please check your assignment guidelines to see which citation format should be used.
To learn about your topic: It's an excellent way to help you prepare for your research project, ensuring you think critically about each source instead of just collecting information.
To help formulate a thesis: It gives you a good perspective on what is being written about your topic. You can see the prominent issues, debates and knowledge gaps to help you develop your own viewpoint.
To help other researchers: Some annotated bibliographies are published. They provide a comprehensive overview of everything important being said about your topic.