When you write an annotated bibliography for a course or in preparation for a thesis advisor, consider that the professionalism of the product is a direct reflection of the quality of the paper that will result. Therefore, be stylistically conscientious, following these tips:
Note: The guidelines below are general suggestions to help you write an annotated bibliography for a history class. Your professor might give specific guidelines that provide more detail than the information here. Always follow your professor's instructions.
Why should I write an annotated bibliography?
An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles and documents. Each citation is you note is followed by a brief descriptive paragraph, which is called the annotation. A properly researched and prepared annotated bibliography instructs readers about the accuracy and the quality of the sources cited. (The difference between a bibliography and an annotated bibliography is that a bibliography just includes a list of sources, there is no summary or evaluation about the sources.) Writing an annotated bibliography will help you determine which sources will be helpful to you in a research project.