Writing an Annotated Bibliography * APA style

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WRITING AN ANNOTATED
BIBLIOGRAPHY – APA STYLE
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A bibliography is a specifically organized list of
books, journal articles and other sources that
were used in the research process.
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There are several different styles - MLA and APA
are the most common. You will use the APA for
this assignment.
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We use a bibliography, or as it also known a
works cited page, to ensure that credit is given
to the authors and that we are not portraying
someone else’s work as our own.
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Bibliographies lists “citations” that includes
such information as author (if given), title, and
publication details of the resource consulted
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An annotated bibliography is a bibliography with
an additional description or evaluation of each
source.
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Annotation is defined as a critical or
explanatory note; a commentary.
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The purpose of the annotation is to help the
reader evaluate whether the work cited is
relevant to the specific research topic or line of
inquiry.
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Particularly in an assignment such as this one
you want to demonstrate that you carefully
evaluated your sources
WHAT THE ANNOTATION SHOULD INCLUDE
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Generally, annotations should be no more than
150 words (or 4-6 sentences long). They should
be concise and well-written.
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Main focus or purpose of the work you
consulted
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Intended audience for the work you consulted
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Special features of the work that were unique
or helpful
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Background and credibility of the author
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Conclusions or observations reached by the
author
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Conclusions or observations reached by you
after consulting the resource
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Usefulness or relevance to your research topic
(or why it did not meet your expectations)
APA STYLE
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http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/614/01/
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http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
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http://www.apastyle.org/learn/faqs/index.aspx
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The publication manual will be available in the library
Monday afternoon

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