Purpose of an Annotated Bibliography
An annotated bibliography is an alphabetical list of sources—formatted like a bibliography or reference list—that includes a commentary on each source. This commentary is called an annotation (Monash University, 2020). Writing an annotated bibliography can be helpful preparation for an essay. Collecting sources for a reference list is useful, but when you have to evaluate each source and write annotations, you are forced to engage with the source more carefully. In other words, you will begin to read more critically instead of just collecting information (Purdue University, 2020).
Key Components of an Annotation
Each annotation in an annotated bibliography has five key components:
Developing an Annotation
Before you begin writing your annotation it can be helpful to respond to each of the five components in a table:
Formatting an APA Annotated Bibliography
If you are required to submit an annotated bibliography, make sure you follow the guidelines of the relevant style guide:
Sample Annotation (University of New England, 2020)
Use this template to develop an annotation
This resource page has been developed to help you write an annotated bibliography, however, your lecturer may have specific ideas of what should and shouldn't be included in your assignment. Always ask your lecturer if unsure.