Writing the annotation - Reflection

In some units, you will be asked to include a reflection in your annotated bibliography. Most often, this is a reflection on how useful the source is for your own research (for instance, if you are writing the annotated bibliography in preparation for a research essay). However, you could be asked to reflect on how the source relates to the themes in your unit. It is important that you read your instructions carefully.

In instances where you are asked to reflect on how useful the source is for your own research, you will usually write a sentence or two stating whether or not the source will be helpful, and a brief explanation of why or why not. For example:

This article assisted me in understanding the relationship between medieval religious spaces and the performance of religious ritual. Although it did not examine French convents, which is the focus of my essay, the methodology used by the author might be applied to my own study.


This study will be useful for my assignment as it presents a detailed overview of similar literature, and contributes to the overall discussion on the role of chocolate in human wellbeing.