Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a listing of research sources in which entries have some kind of narrative description, usually summarizing and/or evaluating the sources.

The depth and extent of narrative description will vary depending on what is the purpose for the bibliography. For a source review bibliography I am not expecting that you will have already thoroughly investigated all the sources you list. Rather, this bibliography should demonstrate that you have done some research to find sources you expect will be useful. It will also give us an opportunity to open a conversation about the nature of sources and, in particular, what comprises an academic source and how it differs from other types of sources.

Questions you might ask for a given source include:

  • What do you expect to find in the source?
  • Why do you think the source might be useful?
  • How do you expect the source will connect to your topic?
  • How do you hope the source will add to the topic?

For a useful description and discussion of annotated bibliographies see:

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