Annotated Bibliography


What is an annotated bibliography? Essentially, an annotated bibliography is an organized way of taking notes. Dictionary.com defines annotation as:

  1. The act or process of furnishing critical commentary or explanatory notes.
  2. A critical or explanatory note; a commentary

and defines "bibliography" as:

  1. A list of the works of a specific author or publisher.
  2. A list of writings relating to a given subject: a bibliography of Latin American history.
  3. A list of writings used or considered by an author in preparing a particular work.

Thus, an "annotated bibliography" is a compilation of sources related to a given subject which includes critical or explanatory information.

Annotated bibliographies have many uses...First, they provide a compilation of sources with intelligent commentary; meaning, that not only do you have a summary of the content of an article, but you also have some comment as to why the article is (or is not) of use. Second, ABs provide a quick reference for useful definitions and key ideas (if you've done your job). Finally, ABs help to provide you an overview of the field so that you are not repeating work that's already been done, but can make a genuine contribution (or at least get a better grade on your current project).

Your Assignment:  You will prepare an annotated bibliography with a minimum of 15 scholarly sources. This assignment is single-spaced, using 12 pt NTR font (or other serif style).  All 4 components below are necessary for full credit.  You may use all or some of these sources in your Review paper.  You do NOT have to write new AB entries for sources you find after the due date!  Please see schedule for submission schedule (to help you plan procrastination).


How do you write an annotated bibliography?
    So glad you asked! The four components of an annotated bibliographic entry are as follows:

  1. An APA style referencePurdue OWL     RefWorks    NoodleTools
  2. A short paragraph of 150-200 words in 3 or 4 sentences indicating:
    • The question or problem addressed by the article (the "topic);
    • The article's method of analysis (experimental? theoretical?);
    • The article's thesis, conclusions, and/or recommendations.
  3. Your assessment of the article's usefulness (global and specific) to your research goals
    • for example, maybe you need only the bibliography or a specific discussion of a particular theory
  4. Any useful definitions or key ideas, in quotes, with PAGE NUMBER specified!

(For PIs requiring that you write in AMA, see Citing Medicine: the NLM Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 2nd Edition, pdf and free downloads at Pubmed) 

For the print screen picture trip for locating journal abbreviation in Pubmed, see here

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