An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief description (usually between 150-200 words) of the reading and an evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the source. Annotations differ from simple abstracts. Abstracts are purely descriptive summaries. Annotations are descriptive and critical. In addition to summarizing content, they also address the author’s perspective and/or purpose, and the appropriateness of information and the interpretations. Because you are not experts in the areas you will be researching, you will not be expected to critically evaluate your articles. However, you must summarize the content of the article and make clear how the reference relates to your object study.