What is an Annotated Bibliography?
An annotated bibliography includes a list of sources that you have found to use in your research paper (books, websites, journal articles, etc.) along with a brief summary and analysis of those sources. Writing an effective annotation requires you to clearly describe and evaluate the overarching argument of the source.
An annotated bibliography is a valuable tool that prepares you to write a research paper by forcing you to closely read a book or article. It is also a means to help others locate a body of scholarship around a certain topic.
Parts of an Annotated Bibliography (taken from Purdue OWL):
Your annotated bibliography can include four elements: the citation, a summary, an assessment, and a personal reflection.
Your annotated bibliography may include some of these, all of these, or even others (like an introductory statement of scope). If you're doing this for a class, you should get specific guidelines from your instructor.
The formatting of your annotated bibliography depends on which citation style you are directed to use. Use the following guides to format your citation: MLA, APA, Chicago.
The annotated section of your annotated bibliography (summary/assessment/reflection) should be in standard paragraph form.
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