An Annotated Bibliography is an alphabetical list of information sources (e.g. journal articles or book chapters), which includes concise descriptions, analysis, and evaluations of each source, formatted like a bibliography or reference list.
Creating an Annotated Bibliography will allow you to:
Choosing which sources to include in your Annotated Bibliography is important and when choosing you should consider the following questions:
An Annotated Bibliography is made up of two (2) parts:
Create the Citation
The citation should be constructed the same as a reference list in APA 7th edition format.
For more in-depth instructions on creating a citation refer to the Referencing and Plagiarism assessment support guide.
There are six (6) components that go into creating an Annotation:
A summary of the content.
The scope and subject.
Brief analysis of the source.
The usefulness of the source.
A reflection on its relevance.
All of these components should be addressed in the Annotation.
Once you have answered all of the concepts above, you should condense them into a single paragraph of between 150-200 words. When writing your annotation, you should:
Look at how this example uses the six component listed above to create an annotated bibliography entry. Each component is numbered in the example.
⇒ Used APA 7th Edition referencing format?
⇒ Are the sources are listed alphabetically?
⇒ Each entry is composed of the full reference of the source followed by the annotation
⇒ Given a brief overview of the main ideas of the source, using features such as the structure, the purpose or the research methodology of the text as discussion points?
⇒ Evaluated the source for its objectivity and reliability?
⇒ Commented on whether the source was useful to my research?
⇒ Ensured my spelling, grammar and punctuation are correct and my writing is set out in a logical format
⇒ Proof read all your work?