What is an annotated bibliography? Essentially, an annotated bibliography is an organized way of taking notes. Dictionary.com defines annotation as:
- The act or process of furnishing critical commentary or explanatory notes.
- A critical or explanatory note; a commentary
and defines "bibliography" as:
- A list of the works of a specific author or publisher.
- A list of writings relating to a given subject: a bibliography of Latin American history.
- A list of writings used or considered by an author in preparing a particular work.
Thus, an "annotated bibliography" is a compilation of sources related to a given subject which includes critical or explanatory information.
Annotated bibliographies have many uses...First, they provide a compilation of sources with intelligent commentary; meaning, that not only do you have a summary of the content of an article, but you also have some comment as to why the article is (or is not) of use. Second, ABs provide a quick reference for useful definitions and key ideas (if you've done your job). Finally, ABs help to provide you an overview of the field so that you are not repeating work that's already been done, but can make a genuine contribution (or at least get a better grade on your current project).
Your Assignment: You will prepare an annotated bibliography with a minimum of 10 scholarly sources. This assignment is single-spaced, using 12 pt NTR font (or other serif style). All 4 components below are necessary for full credit. You may use all or some of these sources in your Review paper. You do NOT have to write new AB entries for sources you find after the due date! Please see schedule for submission schedule (to help you plan procrastination).
How do you write
an annotated bibliography?
So glad you asked! The four components of an annotated bibliographic entry are as follows:
- An AMA
RefWorks AMA Citation Generator
- A short paragraph of 150-200 words in 3 or 4 sentences
- The research question (may include "problem", too);
- Methodology (very briefly -- consider including type of research report);
- Major results/outcomes;
- Conclusions, especially if author/s making strong claims about outcomes
- Your assessment of the article's usefulness (global and
to your research goals
- for example, maybe you need only the bibliography or a specific discussion of a particular theory
- Any useful definitions or key ideas, in quotes, with PAGE NUMBER specified!
NOTE: you must have all four parts for each annotated bibliography entry.