An annotated bibliography provides summaries and evaluations of sources, while a traditional bibliography is just a list of citations for sources. As long as you keep this key difference in mind, making an annotated bibliography is totally doable. The citation for each source is followed by a description and discussion of the source, called the annotation. These annotations typically explain the strengths and weaknesses of the sources, as well as their relevance to your research project. Always check with your teacher or advisor for precise instructions.
These guidelines are adapted primarily from Galvan (2006). Galvan outlines a very clear, step-by-step approach that is very useful to use as you write your review. I have integrated some other tips within this guide, particularly in suggesting different technology tools that you might want to consider in helping you organize your review. In the sections from Step 6-9 what I have included is the outline of those steps exactly as described by Galvan. I also provide links at the end of this guide to resources that you should use in order to search the literature and as you write your review.
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