Answered By: Matt LaBrake
Last Updated: Aug 13, 2015     Views: 131

Here is a great definition from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab:

"A bibliography is a list of sources (books, journals, Web sites, periodicals, etc.) one has used for researching a topic. Bibliographies are sometimes called "References" or "Works Cited" depending on the style format you are using. A bibliography usually just includes the bibliographic information (i.e., the author, title, publisher, etc.).

An annotation is a summary and/or evaluation. Therefore, an annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources."

Source: "Annotated Bibliographies." Purdue Online Writing Lab. Purdue University, 2013. Web. 16 March 2015.

You can find more information from the Berkeley College LibGuides and the Purdue OWL-Annotated Bibliographies webpage.


You may be asked to create an annotated bibliography as an assignment in one of your courses. This usually means you will find a number of sources on your chosen topic, and provide a citation as well as both a summary of that source and a description of how that source will help you in your research.  Always check with your instructor for specific assignment guidelines.

See the videos below for more information on annotated bibliographies.


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