An annotated bibliography includes citations with descriptive and evaluative information about each source listed.
Descriptions should be brief (100-150 words, unless otherwise specified by your instructor) and should communicate the accuracy, relevancy, and appropriateness of the source in regard to your paper or assignment.
An annotated bibliography may also be called an Annotated List of Works Cited.
To write an annotation, it is necessary to read MORE than just the source title and abstract.
An abstract from the author or publisher may be included; however, additional information about the source should be provided.
The following example is from the Purdue Online Writing Lab:
Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Anchor Books, 1995.