Q. What Is An Annotated Bibliography?


According to C. Hugh Holman’s A Handbook to Literature, fifth edition (R 803 T411n 1986), an annotated bibliography is “a list of works dealing with a given subject or subjects … in which some or all of the items listed are followed by brief description or critical comment.” The University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Writing Center offers an elaboration on that definition by stating that “an annotated bibliography is an organized list of sources, each of which is followed by a brief note or “annotation,” which does one or more of these things:

  • describe the content and focus of the book or article
  • suggest the sources’s usefulness to researchers
  • evaluate the source’s method, conclusions, or reliability
  • record the writer’s (i.e., your) reactions to the source

You should check with your instructor and/or the assignment specifics to determine which of these things your annotated bibliography should include.

  • Last Updated Nov 16, 2018
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  • Answered By William Charron

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