Writing the Annotated BibliographyAn annotated bibliography contains a list of sources followed by a summary (annotation) of each one. The purpose of the annotation is for you to record information from the source and to interact with it in order to develop your own opinions and insights that will form the basis of your paper. These four videos walk you through the creation of an annotated bibliography.
Are the Uses of an
It's a personal
database: In one
compile information from each source you've
found. Thus, an annotated bibliography
becomes a “database” that you draw upon for all the
information you need to write your paper.
an accelerator: By
doing an annotated bibliography,
you have a source citation in the correct format and source
information in your own words and thoughts. You are ready to begin
What Are the Parts of an
Part 1: The source entry is the citation format as it will appear on the reference list of your paper.
Part 2: Below the citation is the annotation--information from the source and your reaction to it. Your goal is to summarize any information of value when you write your paper. This info can be facts, stats, quotes, examples and ideas. Be sure the info is reliable and not out of date for your topic.
Breaking Down the Annotation Paragraph:
There are different ways to construct your annotation. Depending on the instructions given to you, the annotation may include some of all of the following:
All annotated bibliographies include a summary, but they may or may not have the assessment and reflection.
Here’s an example annotation to help get you thinking about the kinds of sentences, language, ideas, and observations that might find their way into a source annotation. (Please note: because of LEO formatting limitations, the spacing and indents on this example may not read correctly on your computer.)
Notice that the first part of the paragraph is a summary. Then the student makes a notation that adds an evaluation of the article and its use. This annotation is similar to the kinds you will write as you evaluate sources that you find for your paper.
Using the above as a model, please post a source citation followed by your annotation of it. It should be a source that you are planning to use for this assignment. Be sure to include: