How To Prepare An Annotated Bibliography:
WHAT IS AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY?
An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.
Creating an Annotated Bibliography
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Creating an annotated bibliography calls for the application of a variety of intellectual skills: concise exposition, succinct analysis, and informed library research.
First, locate and record citations to books, periodicals, and documents that may contain useful information and ideas on your topic. Briefly examine and review the actual items. Then choose those works that provide a variety of perspectives on your topic.
Cite the book, article, or document using the appropriate style.
Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the book or article. Include one or more sentences that (a) evaluate the authority or background of the author, (b) comment on the intended audience, (c) compare or contrast this work with another you have cited, or (d) explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic.
Sample Annotated Bibliography for a Book using the Chicago/Turabian style.
Davidson, Hilda Ellis. Roles of the Northern Goddess. London: Routledge, 1998.
Hilda Davidson was a lecturer and Vice-President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. Davidson's book provides a thorough examination of the major roles filled by the numerous pagan goddesses of Northern Europe in everyday life, including their roles in hunting, agriculture, domestic arts like weaving, the household, and death. Davidson discusses relevant archaeological evidence, patterns of symbol and ritual, and previous research; the book includes a number of black and white photographs of relevant artifacts. This book provides some great examples of how myths played an important role in daily life which relates directly to my topic.
How To Prepare An Annotated Bibliography Attribution: Cornell University Library
This libguide has been adapted from Cornell University Library's How To Prepare An Annotated Bibliography Page.
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