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Creating an Annotated Bibliography

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Creating an Annotated Bibliography
What is it?
Bibliography:
a list of sources used

Annotation:
a summary and assessment of a source

Annotated bibliography:
a bibliography with short summaries and assessments of each source
But why?
Forces you to examine your sources more closely

Helps you use the evidence to support your thesis

Allows you to shape sources and ideas into your
own words

It helps the reader check sources
How to Annotate
Annotations are
descriptive | critical | brief
Step 1
Step 2
Step 3
Summarize
Assess
Reflect
In three to five sentences, give a brief summary of the article.

Ask yourself these prompting questions:
What are the main arguments?
What is the point of the book or article?
What topics are covered?
If someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say?
Have you been using Cornell Notes?

You have? Good!

That means you've already summarized your sources which will help immensely with your annotations!
After you summarize your source you must assess its validity.

Ask yourself these prompting questions:
Is it a useful source?
Is the information reliable?
Is this source biased or objective?
After you summarize and assess your source you must reflect on how your source helped your paper.

Ask yourself these prompting questions:
How does it help you shape your argument?
How can you use this source in your research project?
Has it changed how you think about your topic?

Example
"Hart Island."
The Encyclopedia of New York City
. 2nd Edition. 1995, Print.

This entry on Hart Island gives a general overview of the island's history and uses. It is a valid, unbiased secondary source coming from a reputable publisher. It helped my research by providing me with base knowledge.
Your MLA citation comes first, followed by your annotation.
Your annotation is indented.
Annotations are
descriptive | critical | brief
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