A bibliography is a list of sources on a particular topic. Put together, an annotated bibliography is a list of sources on a topic that offers a summary for each source.
What is an annotated bibliography?
An annotated bibliography is a list of citations (or references) for books, articles, documents, etc: all the sources used for your research, with an accompanying paragraph that describes, explains and/or evaluates each entry in terms of quality, authority and relevance.
What is included in the summary part of an annotated bibliography?
Your summary should include the following elements:
(1) a sentence or two that describes the author's credentials, purpose, and audience.
(2) a brief summary of its content, and how this source is answering the research question, clarifying your understanding of the research, and/or reviewing the literature of the research, etc.
(3) a sentence at the end of the summary that explains its value to the student.
The following example uses APA style (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2010) for the journal citation: