In an annotated bibliography, there are two main parts: the bibliography and the annotations.
For the bibliography, you will first need to determine what citation style is most appropriate to cite the bibliographic information for your sources. This information might be included in the assignment guidelines or may be something you want to discuss with your instructor. You can learn more about citations in the De Paul Library Citation Guide.
There are also several different types of annotations to choose from when writing your annotated bibliography. Again, this is something you should clarify with your instructor or decided based on the scope of your assignment. Here are some basic types of annotation styles:
There are two kinds of summarizing annotations, informative and indicative.
Summarizing annotations in general have a couple of defining features:
Informative annotations sometimes read like straight summaries of the source material, but they often spend a little more time summarizing relevant information about the author or the work itself.
Indicative annotation is the second type of summary annotation, but it does not attempt to include actual information from the argument itself. Instead, it gives general information about what kinds of questions or issues are addressed by the work. This sometimes includes the use of chapter titles.
Evaluative annotations don’t just summarize. In addition to tackling the points addressed in summary annotations, evaluative annotations:
An annotated bibliography may combine elements of all the types. In fact, most of them fall into this category: a little summarizing and describing, a little evaluation.