An annotated bibliography is a list of citations/references with each one containing a brief paragraph describing and evaluating the source.
The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited. It allows a researcher to analyze their source’s quality and appropriateness to their research question or topic. According to Excelsior's Online Writing Lab, annotations may include three things:
A brief summary of the information in that source.
A brief evaluation of the quality of the source’s information.
A brief evaluation of whether the source is useful for the purpose of the research.
NOTE: This is the suggested format for annotated bibliographies. Please be sure to follow your assignment instructions that your instructor has provided for you.