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HIST 290: Seminar in Historical Theories & Methods: Annotated Bibliographies

Annotated Bibliography Defined

The purpose of the annotated bibliography is to informat the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited. Annotated references (or bibliographies) are different from abstracts in that abstracts are purely descriptive summaries of a research paper found at the beginning of the article. Annotated bibliographies are descriptive but also critical; they should summarize the theory/hypotheses/method/findings of the study, evaluate the validity or contributions of the study, and explain how the work illuminates your own topic of study.

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography

A guide to preparing an annotated bibliography from Cornell University Library.

A sample annotated bibliography: 

Annotated Bibliographies: An Illustrated Guide