Creating an annotated bibliography can help prepare you to write a strong research paper. An annotated bibliography is a list of sources (like a bibliography), where each source is followed by a short summary and/or evaluation (the annotation). Writing the annotations requires you to read for comprehension and critically examine how each source meets your research needs.
Annotations can take a variety of forms, but most contain three key components: a summary, an evaluation, and a reflection.
Your annotated bibliography may contain only some of these components or may include additional information. Ask your professor what they expect if you're writing an annotated bibliography for class.
Here are some guides and examples to get you started as you work on your annotated bibliography.