Saturday, April 1, 2006

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is an organized list of citations (sources such as books, articles, and other materials) relating to a specific topic where each citation is followed with a brief descriptive note or "annotation." The citations are formatted in a specific citation style, such as MLA, APA, or Chicago (your instructor should indicate the style they want you to use). The annotations in your bibliography can:
  • describe the book or article's content
  • demonstrate the book or article's relevance to your research
  • discuss the reliability or validity of the book or article's content
  • present your reactions to the book or article's content
Several excellent online tutorials are available to help you arrange, write and format your annotated bibliography:

-The Annotated Bibliography (Empire State College GVC Writing Center)
-How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography (Cornell University Library)
-Annotated Bibliographies (University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center)

You may also want to ask the Empire State College writing tutor for help if you need assistance.


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