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INTRODUCTION

Introduction


Annotated bibliographies are lists of resources that include an evaluative summary of each resource. They are usually written prior to writing a research paper that uses the annotated sources. More than just a summary of the article, annotated bibliographies give you a chance to critique the resources you're finding. They can also help you determine whether your research question is viable. Take a look at some of the resources on this page to help you write a strong annotated bibliography!

How do I write an annotated bibliography?


When writing an annotated bibliography, it's helpful to ask yourself these 3 questions for each source:

1. What is this book/journal article/etc really about?  Summarize the main points.  Remember that an annotated bibliography is more than just a summary, however.

2.  How does this resource relate to the other sources in my bibliography?  Is it biased?  Is it basic or advanced?  Who are the authors and how do they compare with the other authors?  Critically analyze your resource and compare it to other resources in your annotated bibliography.

3. How does this resource help or hurt my research?  What is the unique information?  How does this uphold or change your research focus? Should you include it in your paper?  Why or why not?


The point of an annotated bibliography is to tell the story of your research and your thinking process so that when you sit down to write the paper, you have a strong foundation of thought and information.

Other Annotated Bibliography Guides


Take a look at these guides for more detailed information!