An annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of your sources. Depending on your project or the assignment, your annotations may do one or more of the following:
Your annotated bibliography may include some of these, all of these, or even others. If you're doing this for a class, you should get specific guidelines from your instructor.
See the following link from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) for more information and some samples:
When doing research for sources – after you’ve done some basic background investigation of your topic (in the encyclopedia, etc.), first turn to the MLA International Bibliography. That will give you a sortable list of books, essays that have appeared in edited books (edited books are books that contain several essays by different scholars), and journal articles.
To find an Essay that has appeared in an Edited Book, look for the book. If it doesn’t turn up, then request an electronic scan of the chapter from Interlibrary Loan.
To find an article, if it doesn’t appear linked from the MLA International Bibliography, check TDNet to see if we have the journal electronically (we have very few journals in print at USCB). Then follow through. (TDNet is also available from the Library homepage.) If we don’t have the journal, or we don’t have the volume of the journal you need, then request an electronic scan of the essay from Interlibrary Loan.
The resources in this column feature the best places to start or go to if you can’t find information about your work online. Most of these print resources are located at the Historic Beaufort (North) Campus Library and the librarians are happy to help you search for the information you need!