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Writing 100 (Soltis)

A research guide for Prof Mary Soltis's WRI 100 course

Lit review vs annotated bib: what's the big difference?

Even experienced writers and researchers sometimes confuse literature reviews with annotated bibliographies. The two have very different structures and purposes. Additionally, the annotated bibliography is often the precursor to a literature review. It identifies sources that will be used to inform the thinking and organization of the literature review. Here's a quick guide to the components of a literature review, compared to an annotated bibliography.

(Source: University of North Alabama Center for Writing Excellence,