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Annotated Bibliographies

General guidelines for writing annotations for your sources.

What is an annotation?

What exactly is an annotation?

Why does it exist?

  • "AnNOT[E]ation
    • A note that comments on source

What is the point?

  • To show you've read it, understand it, analyzed it, and applied it--whether to summarize, evaluate its use, or review it.

Why can't you just write a summary?

  • We already have those--they're called abstracts. They don't ask you to engage with the text for analysis, evaluation, and application.

What are its parts?

Three parts:

  • Summarize: What was it about, and what were the conclusions?
  • Assess: The quality and usefulness of the source
  • Reflect: How the information contributes to the body of knowledge and your own research

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