An annotated bibliography has two main purposes. First, it acts as a list of sources you will use for researching your topic. Many of these sources (books, articles, websites) are extremely long, and you will not want to read multiple times just to find that one perfect quote. The annotated bibliography, then, acts as a repository for quotes, statistics, and other information that you will use in your research paper.
Second, the annotated bibliography helps the instructor know that you are on the right track. Through synthesizing, you should show through the annotated bibliography how these sources speak to each other. Remember, a well-crafted annotated bibliography will usually span several pages and often ends up longer than the research paper itself.
Desired Learning Outcomes:
Analyze and synthesize various sources
Understand the reliability of different types of research
Cite sources using MLA guidelines
A minimum of four sources. At least two should be from your library research
Adherence to the annotated bibliography guidelines as described below
MLA format for all citations
For each source, create a full paragraph for each of the following:
Summarize—A brief rundown of the source. What are the main arguments? What is the point of the source? What topics does it cover? Be sure to include quotes and statistics that you plan to use in your paper.
Assess—After summarizing a source, evaluate it. What kind of source is this—website, book, article, or something else? Is this source useful? How does the source compare to the others in your bibliography? Is the information reliable? Is the source biased or objective? What is the goal of this source? What qualifies its author to speak on this subject?
Reflect—Once you’ve summarized and assessed a source, you need to ask how it fits into your research. Most of all, how does this source compare to the other sources in your annotated bibliography? Does it build on the same argument or come into conflict with what the others say? What new insight appears when using this source in conjunction with other elements of your research?
Website for the 2 library sources