An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited. Below is an example of a brief annotated bibliography.
Nash, Jay Robert. Spies : a Narrative Encyclopedia of Dirty Deeds and Double Dealing from Biblical Times to Today. New York : M. Evans and Co., Inc. 1999.
Spies is a book that covers every important and many obscure spies and espionage agencies throughout history. Here are profiles of important agents, from Sinon, who convinced the Trojans to take the huge Greek wooden horse into their seemingly impregnable city, to America's arch traitor and Soviet agent inside the CIA, Aldrich Ames.
Whitaker, Reginald. The End of Privacy : How Total Surveillance is Becoming a Reality. New York : New Press, 1999.
Reg Whitaker's study examines how vast amounts of personal information are finding their way into corporate hands. He argues that once there, this data can be combined and used perniciously.