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Research Guides | Library | Amherst College
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship & Benjamin Mays Library Research Guide
Annotated bibliographies are paragraph-length descriptions of scholarly sources. The purpose of an annotated bibliography is to:
Guide readers by providing a list of sources on a specific subject
Briefly describe a source
Analyze the usefulness or significance of a source
An annotated bibliography is helpful for making sense of how sources relate to one another for incorporating into a literature review. Collections of annotated bibliographies have been published as books or articles.
Components of an annotated bibliography
The source's citation in an appropriate citation style
A description of the authority/background/credentials of the author of the source
A summary of the source's format
Overview of the source's central argument and/or findings
An evaluation of the source
An explanation of how the work informs your research
Example of an annotated bibliography entry
Source: Owens, T. C., Callier, D. M., Robinson, J. L., & Garner, P. R. (2017). Towards an interdisciplinary field of Black girlhood studies. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 6(3), 116-132.
This tutorial distinguishes annotated bibliographies from journal abstracts and provides a sample annotated bibliography with a citation in APA format. This tutorial was developed by Cornell University Library.