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What is the difference between a bibliography and an annotated bibliograpy

Unlike bibliographies, annotated bibliographies include an annotation underneath each citation. An annotation is an (often brief) informative paragraph in which the writer both describes and evaluates the source. Although annotated bibliographies may be found at the conclusion of a paper, this is very rare. Instead, annotated bibliographies are often published by themselves.

An annotation is different than an abstract (or summary) because in an annotation, the author inserts his/her opinion of the source.

Examples of Annotated Bibliographies

Annotated bibliographies may be either specific or general:
  1. An example of an annotated bibliography on a specific topic:
    Kathy Wilson Peacock's Food Security (2012)

  2. An example of an annotated bibliography on a general topic:
    Judith A. Overmier's The History of Biology: a Selected, Annotated Bibliography (1989)