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Annotated Bibliography

Learn about annotated bibliographies and how to write them.

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Key Definitions


A list of citations or references of sources used in research; in APA Style, this is titled References; in MLA Style, this is titled Works Cited.

Annotated Bibliography

A bibliography (list of citations) that also includes a description, analysis, or other notes for each source (in addition to the citation information).


A note that provides description, explanation, criticism, and/or commentary.


A brief summary of the contents of a journal article or book; often included in article records of online databases to help researchers determine if an article is relevant to their research topic.

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