An annotated bibliography is:
- A listing of the available sources on a subject, with an annotation following each source listing.
- A summary of each source, followed by a critical component. Annotations are not merely summaries, but also offer observations on the relevance, clarity, accuracy, and quality of the resources cited.
- An annotated bibliography is not simply a list of citations to sources or a listing of what is available. The annotated bibliography should reflect the opinion of the author about which resources in a particular field or subject area are potentially the most valuable to the reader.