What is an Annotated Bibliography?
A bibliography is an organised list of sources that you have consulted in the research process. Examples include books, journal articles, electronic sources, etc. Each item listed in a bibliography includes a citation of author/s, title, and publication details of the source.
An annotated bibliography is a bibliography with an additional description or evaluation/ annotation of each source which helps the reader evaluate whether the work cited is relevant to a specific research topic.
(As defined in the ECU academic tip sheet "Annotated Bibliography")
Check List for Writing an Annotated Bibliography
The Main features of an annotated bibliography
An annotated bibliography should consist of an alphabetical list of sources, each of which contains:
1. The bibliographical details of the source (author’s name, year of publication etc.) given in correct APA end-text referencing format.
2. An annotation of a descriptive and/or evaluative paragraph, generally from 100 to 300 words. The annotation should be concise and well written and may include some or all of the information outlined below:
Edith Cowan University acknowledges and respects the Nyoongar people, who are the traditional custodians of the land upon which its campuses stand and its programs operate.
In particular ECU pays its respects to the Elders, past and present, of the Nyoongar people, and embrace their culture, wisdom and knowledge.