An annotation is a brief summary of a book, article, or other publication. Its purpose is to describe the work in such a way that the reader can decide whether or not to read the work itself. A bibliography is a list of works and is a standard appendage to a scholarly book or article. An annotated bibliography, in which each item is summarized, is valuable because it helps the reader understand the particular uses of each item.
The following five points provide guidance for writing an annotation:
Another way to think about the steps of writing an annotation is: Summarize – Assess – Reflect
You may also find this annotated bibliography worksheet useful as a guide when writing annotations.
Here are some guides and examples to get you started as you work on your annotated bibliography.