An annotated bibliography is a list of useful resources on a specific topic, similar to a bibliography at the end of a paper; however, each source listed must also include an annotation (brief commentary) of about 150 words. Depending on the field of study, an annotated bibliography may contain annotations that are descriptive (tell about a source), critical (give an opinion about a source), or both.
Annotations might include:
An annotated bibliography should help to answer the following question:
"What are the most relevant and useful sources I can find for my chosen topic?"
In addition, when creating an annotated bibliography as a class assignment, it can: