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Annotated Bibliography

How to create an annotated bibliography

Charissa Jefferson

on 21 October 2013

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Annotated Bibliography
a bibliography is a list of sources used for researching a topic.
a bibliography can also be called "references" or "works cited" depending on the style format used.
an annotation is a summary
what is the point of this source?
what is the topic?
annotated bibliographies help you learn about your topic because:

you learn to read more critically instead of just collecting information

you see where your research/ scholarship can fit
Research is developing a thesis that is debatable, interesting, and current
writing an annotated bibliography can help you gain perspective on what is being said about your topic!
You will start to see:
what the issues are
what people are arguing about
Then... YOU will be able to develop you own point of view!!!
what is the argument?
Assess the source:

is it...

After a summary, evaluate the source. What is it good for?
Is the source biased or objective?
how does the source compare to others in the bibliography?
Once you've summarized and assessed a source, then you need to ask how is fits into your research:

Was this source helpful to you?

How does it help shape your argument?

How can you use this source?

How has it changed the way you think about your topic?
Writing an annotated bibliography is excellent preparation for a research project.
Just collecting sources for a bibliography is useful, but when you have to write annotations for each source, you're forced to read each source more carefully.
You begin to read more critically instead of just collecting information.
A few sentences of general summary followed by several sentences of how you can fit the work into your larger paper or project can serve you well when you go to draft.
The purpose of a research paper is to state and support a thesis
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