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According to Purdue OWL, an annotated bibliography “includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources” with each annotation summarizing, assessing, and reflecting on a source. Each annotation includes the complete citation for the source, a description of the main idea of thesis of the source, information about the author or audience, why the source is important, and an analysis of the importance, limitations, strengths and weaknesses, and/or gaps.
A bibliography is a list of resources (books, articles, dissertations, etc.), and the annotation is a paragraph of description that summarizes, assesses, and reflects on its source. Knowing this, an annotated bibliography is a list of sources that each have a paragraph of information that summarizes and analyses the resource. An annotation is not an abstract.
Step 1: Brainstorming & Choosing a Topic
Step 2: Finding Sources
Step 3: Reading Sources & Taking Notes
Step 4: Identify Key Aspects
Step 5: Begin writing!
NOTE: This guide provides general guidelines to follow when writing an annotated bibliography, however there are differences between discipline and class/professor requirement.
This information is adapted from the GVSU Library Subject Guides.
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