Library Guides: Write an Annotated Bibliography: Home

1. Definition A bibliography is usually thought of as an alphabetical listing of books at the end of a written work (book, book chapter, or article), to which the author referred during the research and writing process. In addition to books, bibliographies can include sources such as articles, reports, interviews, or even non-print resources like Web sites, video or audio recordings. Because they may include such varied resources, bibliographies are also referred to as 'references', 'works cited' or 'works consulted' (the latter can include those titles that merely contributed to research, but were not specifically cited in text).

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Annotated Bibliographies

What this handout is about This handout will explain why annotated bibliographies are useful for researchers, provide an explanation of what constitutes an annotation, describe various types of annotations and styles for writing them, and offer multiple examples of annotated bibliographies in the MLA, APA, and CBE/CSE styles of citation. Introduction Welcome to the wonderful world of annotated bibliographies! You’re probably already familiar with the need to provide bibliographies, reference pages, and works cited lists to credit your sources when you do a research paper.

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How to Write an Annotated Bibliography

You have just been given an assignment to write an annotated bibliography. Before you begin, you need to know what exactly an annotated bibliography is and how to get started. First, what is an annotation? An annotation is more than just a brief summary of an article, book, Web site or other type of publication. An annotation should give enough information to make a reader decide whether to read the complete work. In other words, if the reader were exploring the same topic as you, is this material useful and if so, why? How is an annotation different from an abstract? While an abstract also summarizes an article, book, Web site or other type of publication, it is purely descriptive.

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Research Guides

A bibliography is a list of sources a writer has used, or intends to use, for researching a particular topic. An annotation is a brief description of the content and focus of the work and, usually, a consideration of the work’s usefulness for research in the topic area. One of your assignments for this class requires compiling an annotated bibliography for your own research topic. Preparing annotations There are several excellent guides to writing annotated bibliographies online, including Annotated Bibliographies from Purdue and Preparing an Annotated Bibliography from the University of Maryland College Park.

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Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography provides a brief account of the available research on a given topic. It is a list of research sources that includes concise descriptions and evaluations of each source. The annotation usually contains a brief summary of content and a short analysis or evaluation. Depending on your assignment you may be asked to reflect, summarise, critique, evaluate or analyse the source. An annotated bibliography may be a component of a larger project or it may be a stand-alone assignment. While an annotation can be as brief as one sentence, the standard annotated bibliography consists of a citation followed by a short paragraph.

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APA format - APA citation I BibMe

Make sure that titles in APA citations are properly capitalized. Capitalize only the first letter of the first word or any proper nouns. APA stands for the American Psychological Association, which is an organization that focuses on psychology. They are responsible for creating APA Style. What is APA Citing? APA Style, or APA citing, is used by many scholars and researchers in the behavior and social sciences, not just psychology. APA Style is a way to format citations. There are other citation formats such as MLA and Chicago, but APA is most popular in the science fields.

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MLA Examples

MLA EXAMPLE OF INFORMATIVE ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: TAKEN FROM "HOW TO WRITE AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY" London, Herbert. "Five Myths of the Television Age. "Television Quarterly10. 1 (1982): 81-89. Herbert London, the Dean of Journalism at New York University and author of several books and articles, explains how television contradicts five commonly believed ideas. He uses specific examples of events seen on television, such as the assassination of John Kennedy, to illustrate his points. His examples have been selected to contradict such truisms as: "seeing is believing"; "a picture is worth a thousand words"; and "satisfaction is its own reward.

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NATIONAL HISTORY DAY:

TheChicago Manual of Styleis the style most commonly used by professional historians when they write and publish their work. Currently, the NHDContest Rule Bookallow citations in Chicago or MLA Style, but this resource focuses on Chicago Style. As you complete your research, you should sort your research into primary and secondary sources. For complete definitions of primary and secondary sources, as well a complete set of the Contest Rules, go to www. nhd. org/rules. Building Your Annotated Bibliography You should build your bibliography as you conduct your research.

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Write an Annotated Bibliography: Sample Chicago Annotation

1 Battle, Ken. "Child Poverty: The Evolution and Impact of Child Benefits. " In A Question of Commitment:  Children's Rights in Canada, edited by Katherine Covell and Howe, R. Brian, 21-44. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007.            Ken Battle draws on a close study of government documents, as well as his own research as an extensively-published policy analyst, toexplain Canadian child benefit programs.   He outlines some fundamental assumptions supporting the belief that all society members should contribute to the upbringing of children.

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Typing an APA style annotated bibliography

There are no specific instructions in the APA Publication Manual for how to format an annotated bibliography which is basically a reference list with your comments describing each reference. Here is how to create an annotated bibliography using Reference Point Software’s Templates and Microsoft Word. Start a new APA style document. using the Reference Point Template. Type all of the references first using the APA menu Once the list is complete go to the end of the first reference, click there and hit the Enter key. This will open a new line. You can type the annotation there.

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