Watch this introductory video, which explains what an annotated bibliography is in other words:
What's a bibliography?
A bibliography is a formatted list of sources (books, articles, websites, etc) in alphabetical order on a topic.
Each entry in an annotated bibliography is formatted like a works cited page in a paper. For more details about what those citation should look like, review the Citing Sources section of this E-Textbook.
What's an annotation?
Simply put, an annotation is a short summary of the source in your own words, followed by a statement on how the source is useful for your research. An annotated bibliography tells your reader about the source listed (summarizing its main arguments and how it fits in our previously discussed Information Life Cycle) and then explains why it's included on the list (summarizing why it matters for your project).
For an annotated bibliography assignment, you'll generally be expected to write:
How do I put them together?
Your annotated bibliography should look like the Works Cited page from your paper with the addition of a short paragraph added to each entry.
If you're still unsure, check out this example from The University of Central Florida Libraries Annotated Bibliographies guide:
This tab does not exist in the student version of the E-Textbook. This module was created as a general class assignment -- the annotated bibliography.
Students appreciate the scaffolding of their research/writing process. Instead of leaving research to the last minute, requiring students to dive into their sources early in a project can help develop their understanding and refine their thinking. It is recommended to have students submit an annotated bibliography approximately two weeks prior to the due date of a final project. In this way, the instructor can review and give feedback on student's sources, providing guidance and formative feedback.
Please consider sharing your students' work with Rachel Santose (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assessment purposes.
Share this self assessment with students along with the annotated bibliography assignment prompt. Ask students to complete this self assessment when they submit the annotated bibliography and explain the value of self assessment.