Annotated Bibliography: an annotated bibliography consists of a list of books and other references you will be using in your paper, as well as a short descriptive commentary on each source.
Annotated = with notes and comments
These annotations will often vary depending on the assignment. But some things you may want to include are: The author's thesis statement, a brief explanation of how the author develops or supports the thesis, a statement regarding the author's purpose or reason for writing the piece, a description of the author's intended audience, the author's credentials (if known), and some indication of the role this source will play in your paper. Always consult with your instructor regarding what you should include in your annotations.
Here is an example of a very brief annotated bibfiography on the history of libraries:
Dunlop, Leslie W.. Readings in Library History. New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1972. Print.
Dunlop reports on the history of libraries from the time of the ancient kingdoms of Assyria to those of the Renaissance. Dunlop is most detailed in his description of monastic libraries (Middle Ages) and of early Renaissance libraries in order to show how this early history influenced the libraries of today. He writes for other professionals in the field of library science. Dun'lop holds a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. This book will supply background material for my topic.
Harris, Michael H., ed.. Reader in American Library History. Reader Series in Library and Information Service. Washington, D.C.: NCR Microcard Editions, 1971. Print.
This is an excellent collection of readings on the library history of the United States. Essays included deal with libraries in the colonial period, early college libraries, the development of the public library system, the Library of Congress, and the founding of the American Library Association. Harris holds a degree in Library Science and has written several books and articles on this subject. Harris's argument in this book, that libraries started in Colonial America is in opposition to my own thesis.
Parsons, Edward Alexander; The Alexandrian Library; Glory of the Hellenic World. Amsterdam: The Elsevier Press, 1952. Print.
Parsons' account of the development and eventual fate of the Alexandrian libraries is quite at variance with many other accounts, but he provides elaborate documentation for his point of view. This book also includes a detailed account of earlier ancient Greek libraries. Parsons has written several published articles on Alexandrian libraries. This book will be instrumental in supporting my thesis that libraries predate Colonial American.