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MHU 201: Foundations of Medical Humanities and MHU 498: Senior Seminar: Annotated Bibliography

Assignment Description

Questions to Consider

  • Who is the audience for the resource?
  • What is the purpose of the resource?
  • What is the tone of the information presented?
  • Scope--what/who does it include?  What/who does it leave out?
  • What is the relevance of the information to the topic?
  • Is the information peer-reviewed (scholarly)?
  • Is the information published by a reputable company?

What is an Annotated Bibliography?*

Annotated Bibliography:

  • An annotated bibliography is an alphabetical list of citations to books, articles, and documents on a related topic.
  • Each citation is followed by a brief description and usually includes an evaluative paragraph, the annotation.
  • The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.


Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the book or article. Include one or more sentences that:

  • evaluate the authority or background of the author,
  • comment on the intended audience,
  • compare or contrast this work with another you have cited, or
  • explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic

*Reproduced with permission from:  Research & Learning Services - Olin Library, Cornell University Library - Ithaca, NY, USA


Annotated Bibliography Video

Created by Brock University Library