What is an annotated bibliography? How do I create one?


An annotated bibliography is a list of sources that gives the publication information and a short description — or annotation — for each source.

  • Each annotation is generally three to seven sentences long.
  • In some bibliographies, the annotation merely describes the content and scope of the source;
  • In others, the annotation also evaluates the source’s reliability, currency, and relevance to a researcher’s purpose.

Take a look at our research guide for creating an annotated bibliography which includes the steps in creating one as well as examples.