An annotated bibliography is made up of two things: a bibliography and annotations.
For more information on annotated bibliographies, see Cornell's guide on creating an annotated bibliography.
You might be wondering why it is helpful to create an annotated bibliography. When doing research, it is incredibly helpful to have an understanding of the scholarly literature around the topic that you're studying. Here are some reasons why completing an annotated bibliography might be helpful:
This guide is designed to help you through creating an annotated bibliography. Your first step, though, should be finding your sources. For help with finding academic/scholarly sources, see the library's other guide, How to Use Library Databases.
Once you have found the sources that you would potentially like to use in your paper, you can start to work on your annotated bibliography!
Annotations are not summaries of the research article. Instead they describe the work, while also evaluating it for point of view, authority, and the appropriateness/use for your research.
Cornell Libraries recommend following this process to create your annotation:
Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the book or article. Include one or more sentences that (a) evaluate the authority or background of the author, (b) comment on the intended audience, (c) compare or contrast this work with another you have cited, or (d) explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic.