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Annotated Bibliographies

General guidelines for writing annotations for your sources.

How to write an annotation

Critique while reading the source:

  • Contribution to body of knowledge
  • Writing style
  • Insights and blind spots
  • Additives (Graphs, illustrations, figures? Do these enrich your understanding?)
  • Context of authority of the source

Critique while writing the annotation:

  • Summarize the content--briefly.
  • Explain why your selection was chosen--how does it interact with your research?
  • Discuss the value of the piece--include all relevant points from the above.

Your writing style:

  • Write using third person (avoid the use of "I" and "you").
  • Support your points with evidence from the source.

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