Annotated Bibliography

Introduction to an Annotated Bibliography

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Learning Objectives: 

  • Define annotated bibliography
  • Describe different types of annotations
  • Format and create an annotated bibliography in different citation styles

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An annotated bibliography is an organized list of sources, each of which is followed by a brief note or “annotation” about each source. Annotated bibliographies are done in the citation style recommended by your course or discipline. When creating or using an annotated bibliography, you are:

  • describing the content and focus of the source (often a book or article)
  • suggesting the source’s usefulness to your research
  • evaluating its method, conclusions, or reliability
  • recording your reactions to the source

Source: The University of Wisconsin Writing Center

This module will take you through different aspects of using and creating annotated bibliographies for your course work. 

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