An annotation is more than just a brief summary of an article, book, Web site or other type of publication.
An annotation should give enough information to make a reader decide whether to read the complete work.
The quality and usefulness of your bibliography will depend on your selection of sources.
Define the scope of your research carefully so that you can make sound judgments about what to include and exclude.
An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents that follows the appropriate style format for the discipline (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc).
Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 word) descriptive and evaluative paragraph -- the annotation.
The authors, researchers at the Rand Corporation and Brown University, use data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women and Young Men to test their hypothesis that nonfamily living by young adults alters their attitudes, values, plans, and expectations, moving them away from their belief in traditional sex roles.
They find their hypothesis strongly supported in young females, while the effects were fewer in studies of young males.
Remember, the citations themselves must be formatted properly.
UMUC has prepared these guides to help you correctly format citations according to APA, MLA or Chicago Style.