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III. Annotated Bibliography due 11/16 (topic due by Library orientation)
For this assignment you will need a minimum of 5 references from peer reviewed journals and a total of 8 references. The library orientation will cover what constitutes a peer reviewed journal.
A bibliography is a list of sources (books, journals, websites, periodicals, etc.) one has used for researching a topic. A bibliography usually just includes the bibliographic information (i.e., the author, title, publisher, etc.).
An annotation is a summary and/or evaluation. Therefore, an annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources. Depending on your project or the assignment, your annotations may do one or more of the following:
Summarize: Some annotations merely summarize the source. What are the main arguments? What is the point of this book or article? What topics are covered? If someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say? The length of your annotations will determine how detailed your summary is.
Assess: After summarizing a source, it may be helpful to evaluate it. Is it a useful source? How does it compare with other sources in your bibliography? Is the information reliable? Is it this source biased or objective? What is the goal of this source?
Reflect: Once youve summarized and assessed a source, you need to ask how it fits into your research. Was this source helpful to you? How does it help you shape your argument? How can you use this source in your research project? Has it changed how you think about your topic?
Writing an annotated bibliography is excellent preparation for researching a topic. Just collecting sources for a bibliography is useful, but when you have to write annotations for each source, youre forced to read each source more carefully. You begin to read more critically instead of just collecting information
The bibliographic information: Generally, the bibliographic information of the source (the title, author, publisher, date, etc.) is written in either MLA or APA. For this course you will use APA.
The annotations: The annotations for each source are written in paragraph form. The lengths of the annotations can vary significantly from a couple of sentences to a couple of pages. The length will depend on the purpose. If youre just writing summaries of your sources, the annotations may not be very long. However, if you are writing an extensive analysis of each source, youll need more space.
The following example uses the APA format for the journal citation:
Sample APA Annotation
Ehrenreich, B. (2001). Nickel and dimed: On (not) getting by in America. New York: Henry Holt and Company.
In this book of nonfiction based on the journalists experiential research, Ehrenreich attempts to ascertain whether it is currently possible for an individual to live on a minimum-wage in America. Taking jobs as a waitress, a maid in a cleaning service, and a Wal-Mart sales employee, the author summarizes and reflects on her work, her relationships with fellow workers, and her financial struggles in each situation.
An experienced journalist, Ehrenreich is aware of the limitations of her experiment and the ethical implications of her experiential research tactics and reflects on these issues in the text. The author is forthcoming about her methods and supplements her experiences with scholarly research on her places of employment, the economy, and the rising cost of living in America. Ehrenreichas project is timely, descriptive, and well-researched.
The annotation above both summarizes and assesses the book in the citation. The first paragraph provides a brief summary of the authors project in the book, covering the main points of the work. The second paragraph points out the projectas strengths and evaluates its methods and presentation. This particular annotation does not reflect on the sourceas potential importance or usefulness for this personas own research.
*** this above example is what one your entries will look like. You will need a total of eight.
adopted with permission from http://owl.english.purdue.edu