An annotated bibliography provides a brief account of the available research on a given topic. It is a list of research sources that includes concise descriptions and evaluations of each source. The annotation usually contains a brief summary of content and a short analysis or evaluation, and the sources that are listed provide an exensive literature review of a particular topic.
Depending on your assignment you may be asked to reflect, summarise, critique, evaluate or analyse the source. While an annotation can be as brief as one sentence, the standard annotated bibliography consists of a citation followed by a short paragraph.
A successful annotated bibliography will:
In addition to having the characteristics mentioned above, the annotation provided about each source should be descriptive and place the source in a broader context. Generally, a good annotation will seek to answer the questions of What, Who, How, and Why:
Here are some links to some sample Annotated citations.