James Harner's popular pamphlet, first published in 1985, has been revised and updated in the light of advances in computer technology and the availability of humanities databases. Harner offers useful information on planning research, organizing an annotated bibliography, compiling entries, using a computer to prepare the manuscript, and editing. While the booklet focuses on the preparation of a comprehensive bibliography on a single literary author, the procedures and techniques are easily adapted to selective or subject bibliographies and to other periods and disciplines.
In its review of the first edition, Research Strategies said:
"On Compiling an Annotated Bibliography...will be very helpful to scholars (including librarians) making their first attempts at scholarly bibliography. Graduate students preparing a bibliography to guide doctoral research will also find it informative."