#11 - How to Write an Annotated Bibliography

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INFORMATION AND LIBRARY SERVICES How to Write an Annotated Bibliography (Text Only Version) 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. Although annotations can be descriptive, they also include distinctive features about an item. Annotations can be evaluative and critical as we will see when we look at the two major types of annotations. What is an annotated bibliography? An annotated bibliography is an organized list of sources (like a reference list). It differs from a straightforward bibliography in that each reference is followed by a paragraph length annotation, usually 100–200 words in length. Depending on the assignment, an annotated bibliography might have different purposes: Provide a literature review on a particular subject Help to formulate a thesis on a subject Demonstrate the research you have performed on a particular subject Provide examples of major sources of information available on a topic Describe items that other researchers may find of interest on a topic Types of annotated bibliographies There are two major types of annotated bibliographies: Descriptive or informative 1. Analytical or critical
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course COMM 217 taught by Professor Courtneyscherr during the Fall '11 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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