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CORE 105: Living as a Digital Citizen, Prof. Jill Klein

The Parts of an Annotated Bibliography Entry

 Citation.  Cite your source correctly in APA Style

 Annotation:  The annotation typically covers three areas

  1. Summary:  Think, if someone asked you what this source was about, what would you say?
  2. Evaluation: Think, if someone asked you if this source is a "good" source and why, what would you say?
  3. Reflection:  Think, if someone asked you how this source supports your research, what would you say?

Sometimes, an annotation is one paragraph covering all three areas.  Sometimes, three different paragraphs are used for the three parts. It depends on the assignment requirements.

Some Tips/Best Practices

1.  An Annotated Bibliography works better and is more useful if your research question is relatively narrow.

2. As you select and read your sources, try to make connections between them and your research question.  Ask yourself how the source will help you answer your research question.  Only include sources in your annotated bibliography that contribute something to your project.

3. As you summarize a source, be sure to state the author's main ideas in your own words.

4. A common error with annotations is only summarizing the source without providing an evaluation and/or reflection.  If your annotation is one or two sentences long, it is probably not covering the three parts adequately.  Typical annotations are about 150 words.

Annotated Bibliography Tutorial