SAMPLE ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY ENTRY FOR A JOURNAL ARTICLE

African American women : an annotated bibliography / compiled by Veronica G. Thomas, Kisha Braithwaite, and Paula Mitchell. 2001 (Location: Reference Collection -- 1st floor Call Number: E185.86 T46 2001)

Depending on the assignment, an annotated bibliography might have different purposes:

Annotations in an annotated bibliography usually perform two functions, describe the source and evaluate the source. The annotation is a concise description of a particular source, including important aspects of content not evident in the title. It enables the researcher to establish the relevance of a specific journal article, book, research report, or government document, etc. and to decide whether to consult the full text of the work. Abstracts, such as those found in various periodical databases or those accompanying scholarly journal articles are usually just descriptive summaries.


There are two major types of annotated bibliographies:

Now you are ready to begin writing your own annotated bibliography.

Animal rights movement in the United States, 1975-1990 : an annotated bibliography / Bettina Manzo. (Location: Reference Collection -- 1st floor Call Number: HV4764 .M36 1994)


An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and 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 relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.An annotated bibliography is an organized list of sources (like a reference list). It differs from a straightforward bibliography in that each reference is followed by a paragraph length annotation, usually 100–200 words in length.Creating an annotated bibliography calls for the application of a variety of intellectual skills: concise exposition, succinct analysis, and informed library research.This handout will explain why annotated bibliographies are useful for researchers, provide an explanation of what constitutes an annotation, describe various types of annotations and styles for writing them, and offer multiple examples of annotated bibliographies in the MLA, APA, and CBE/CSE styles of citation.