The goal of an annotated bibliography is to learn about your topic, especially when preparing for a research project. Collecting sources for a bibliography is useful, but when you have to write annotations for each source, you are required to read each source more carefully. Writing an annotated bibliography can help you gain a good perspective on what is being “said” about your topic; in other words, what are the “conversations” taking place/surrounding your topic? By reading and responding to a variety of sources on a topic, you will start to see what the issues are and what people are arguing; then, you will be able to develop your own point of view.
Your annotated bibliography should contain the following three sections:
Below is an example of an Annotated Bibliography entry: