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ENG 102: Online English Comp II (Ford): Annotated Biblography

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

A good annotated bibliography:

  1. encourages you to think critically about the content of the works you are using, their place within a field of study, and their relation to your own research and ideas.
  2. proves you have read and understand your sources.
  3. establishes your work as a valid source and you as a competent researcher.
  4. establishes your study and topic as part of a continuing professional conversation.
  5. provides a way for others to decide whether a source will be helpful to their research if they read it.
  6. could help interested researchers determine whether they are interested in a topic by providing background information and an idea of the kind of work going on in a field.

What elements might an annotation include?

  1. Bibliography according to the appropriate citation style (MLA, APA, etc.).
  2. Explanation of main points and/or purpose of the work—basically, its thesis—which shows among other things that you have read and thoroughly understand the source.
  3. Verification or critique of the authority or qualifications of the author.
  4. Comments on the worth, effectiveness, and usefulness of the work in terms of both the topic being researched and/or your own research project.
  5. The point of view or perspective from which the work was written. For instance, you may note whether the author seemed to have particular biases or was trying to reach a particular audience.

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