What is an annotated bibliography?
An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, etc. that includes a brief summary or description (annotation) of each reading and discusses its relevance to the current project or assignment. Annotations are descriptive, yet succinct, and should show a critical understanding of the authors main points along with the readers assessment of the content provided.
For example, an article on Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater could be read and analyzed for its usefulness in articulating preservation practices for historic homes. Or, a book on the history of Rome, could be noted for its discussion of the urban planning of the city and used to argue the readers decision for the placement of a new building.
Basically the annotated bibliography shows that you have read and understood the selected readings and have applied what you have learned from them to your current project.
Annotations should be succinct, not more than 150 words, and not just summarize the work but show that you have learned from it and applied it to your project.
To create an annotated bibliography follow these steps:
- Set up an account in Refworks (and keep a separate Refworks window open while researching)
- Search the Rome Library Catalog and the Avery Index for resources
- Analyze your readings
- Create the bibliography