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Annotated Bibliography Guide - LSC-North Harris

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What is an annotated bibliography?

It is a list of sources (such as books, journals, and websites) that cover the topic you have chosen to research.  Each source listed is followed by a paragraph that summarizes and evaluates the source.

Starting Point

  1. Follow the appropriate Research Guide to help you find relevant sources.

  2. Use the Citation Help guide to help you format your paper and construct a citation entry for each source. 

    • Ask your professor which style to use (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.).

    • For each entry, list the appropriate bibliographic elements (author, title, publication place, date, etc.). 

    • Each entry should answer the questions:

      • Who wrote the material you are using?
      • What did the author(s) entitle the piece he/she/they wrote?
      • Where and when was it published (for a book, what city; for an article, which periodical)?
      • If it's an article or a chapter, what pages is your source on?

  3. Alphabetize all the entries by the first element.

  4. Follow each entry with an annotation composed in paragraph style.

In each annotation (check with your professor for particulars):

  • summarize the source's main points.
  • discuss any bias.
  • define the purpose and the intended audience of the source.
  • describe the currency, quality, relevancy, and accuracy of the source.
  • explain how the information compares to other sources you found.
  • mention how the source helps you understand the topic.


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