Welcome to the MC Library research skills guide on annotated bibliography. This guide is designed to help you understand what an annotated bibliography is and learn the process of creating one.
An annotation is a brief note on each of the sources used in your research paper. Annotated bibliography is a list of these annotated sources. An annotated bibliography informs the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the source cited. The process of creating an annotated bibliography involves critical thinking.
Abstract vs Annotated Bibliography
An abstract is a descriptive summary of the source.
An annotated bibliography describes the source and critically evaluates it!
Literature Review vs Annotated Bibliography
A literature review combines more than one source under one theme and provides a general analysis.
An annotated bibliography examines each source separately and critically evaluates it for accuracy and relevance to the research topic.