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What is an Annotated Bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is an alphabetical list of citations (author, title, publication year, etc.) for articles, books, and documents used in your research project. Each citation is followed by a brief descriptive and evaluative paragraph (the annotation). This paragraph helps you, the researcher, as well as the person reading your research paper to understand why you chose to use that particular source. 


The annotated bibliography is also the first step in creating your Works Cited page. When you're ready to create your Works Cited page, just delete the annotations, check the formatting, and submit.


Abstracts vs. Annotations

Abstracts are descriptive summaries found at the beginning of scholarly journal articles or periodical indexes.

Reading the abstract can save you a lot of time. The summary will allow you to quickly determine whether an article, book, or document is relevant to your research needs.

Annotations are both descriptive and evaluative; they relate the author's point of view as well as the author's authority. 




Important Information

Always follow your instructor's directions for your assignments.

If you have specific questions about the assignment, please ask your instructor.

If you need research assistance, please ask a librarian.


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