What is an annotated bibliography and what does it do?
Answered By: Jen Church-Duran
Last Updated: Dec 29, 2016

What Is an Annotated Bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is an well-organized list of sources (can include a variety of materials, books, documents, articles, web sites, DVDs, etc.) with a paragraph or two that describes, explains, and/or evaluates each entry in terms of quality, authority, and relevance.

What Is the Purpose of an Annotated Bibliography?

An annotated bibliography may serve a number of purposes, including:

Provide a review of the literature on a particular subject

Provide examples of the types of sources available

Describe other items on a topic that may be of interest to the researcher/reader

Identify areas for further research

An annotated bibliography may be selective or comprehensive in its coverage. A selective annotated bibliography includes just those items that are best for the topic while a comprehensive (or exhaustive) annotated bibliography attempts to identify everything available on a subject or topic.

 
 

 
   
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