Your annotated bibliography should be introduced by a brief description of how you went about using various technological tools to locate appropriate sources. This should be a kind of “roadmap” indicating how you located the sources relating to your assigned book. You should specify what your research topic is in some detail. A formal thesis statement is not necessary.
Your annotated bibliography should be a listing of the sources reviewing literature relating to the topic of the book assigned. You should select sources that relate to the topic of a hypothetical research paper that you are preparing to write. You should explain how your selected sources relate to your stated research paper topic. The number and variety of sources will vary, but we would generally expect that students would have a minimum of 10 sources, of which at least five should be scholarly journal articles. For each article, indicate whether it is scholarly or popular in nature and list the keywords you used to search the database. At least five articles must come from peer-reviewed, scholarly journals. Please be sure to differentiate between popular and scholarly periodicals, giving priority to the latter. The books and articles on your annotated bibliography should have been published in the last ten years.
The bibliography should also include at least two websites on your specific chosen topic. Indicate how the source was located (search engine, subject guide, bibliography, etc.) and provide a full assessment of the website's reliability, authorship, timeliness, and accuracy.
Make sure your citation for each source is complete and correct according to one of the standard citation styles. See the Citation Styles page for additional assistance.
Keyword Strategy Chart:
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The annotation for each source should be original, in your own words, and should include: a summary of the source’s thesis and substance, a description of how each source relates to the assigned book, an assessment of the source’s contribution to the major themes in the assigned text for your major.
The annotation for each source should also indicate: why you chose this source, how you determined that the item was a worthy source of information, how reliable the source appears to be and why, whether this source represents a particular epistemology or ideological bias, how you would incorporate this source’s information into a review of the literature. Annotations are written in paragraph form and are single-spaced.
Annotations will generally include the following: