An annotated bibliography is used to provide a short description of the sources chosen for your research.

An annotated bibliography is used to provide a short description of the sources chosen for your research. There are several ways that an annotated bibliography can assist with your success in writing research papers; they can help narrow your topic, provide a review of the literature on your topic, or they can be a useful pre-writing activity to aid with narrowing the sources you may need to use to support your writing.