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How to structure an annotated bibliography?

  • March 24

    At one time, I was worried about how to structure an annotated bibliography, so now I really want to help other students with this complex issue. Usually annotated bibliographies give a brief explanation of any existing research sources on a particular topic. Essentially, these are lists of sources with a brief rating and a description of each.
    An annotation is actually a brief description that summarizes the content of a source and provides a brief assessment or analysis of that source. The writer can be asked to analyze, summarize, evaluate, or reflect on a particular source. Often, annotated bibliographies are part of a larger project, although they may be separate lists. Although the annotations may be as short as a single sentence, they usually consist of a specific citation or reference, together with a concise descriptive paragraph. I hope my introduction will help you a little in understanding this process.