Annotated Bibliography Assignment
Due Date: October 10


WHAT IS AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY?

  • An annotated bibliography contains a paragraph following each citation
    informing the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the
    source.

ANNOTATIONS VS. ABSTRACTS

  • Abstracts are the purely descriptive summaries often found at the beginning of scholarly journal articles or in periodical indexes. Annotations are descriptive and critical; they expose the author's point of view, clarity and appropriateness of expression, and authority.


CREATING AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY

  1. Locate and record possible works to be used in your research project.
  2. Briefly examine and review the actual works to determine valuable sources.
  3. Cite the source using Chicago documentation.

THINGS TO INCLUDE IN AN ANNOTATION
  • Summarize the theme and scope of the article.
    -What is the author's objective in writing?
    -What background does the author have that gives him/her authority to write on this topic?
    -What are the highlighted points?
    -What arguments are used to support the highlighted points?
  • Comment on the intended audience.
  • Is the article specialized toward a specific audience?
    -Is the article too elementary, technical, advanced, or just right?
  • Explain the bearing of this source on the topic at hand.
    -Have other articles quoted this author?
    -Is it a relatively recent article?
    -Has recent research outdated it?

Suggested links for Annotated Bibliographies
What is the purpose of writing an annotated bibliography?
Weighing the Book or Article
Critically Analyzing Information Sources