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Overview of Annotated Bibliographies
Annotated bibliographies are collections on reference/sources that focus on one theme. Usually they are constructed as part of research and used to inform and remind the writer of what the various sources contain. They also evaluate the sources for their usefulness to a project you’re gathering resources for.
There are many benefits to knowing how and why to create an annotated bibliography including;
1. Learning how to read and evaluate a source critically
2. Developing the ability to summarize and evaluate sources in brief
3. Learning how to create correct citations
4. Developing an understanding of how to collect sources and to provide useful notes for later reference
Annotated bibliographies can take various forms, but all have the purpose of gathering sources, building full bibliographic citations, and summarizing the source.
Each source that is listed and summarized in the bibliography is called an entry. Do not confuse “bibliography” with “works cited”. In MLA the works cited goes at the end of your research writing and only includes the sources you’ve cited in your work. A bibliography contains sources both used and consulted for a project (not necessarily only those cited in the work). An interesting point to note is that annotated bibliographies can also contain entries for sources you will NOT use in a final piece–as in, you’ve evaluated the source and have determined it is not a good one to use for the project you’re working on. By giving yourself notes to consult later you can prevent yourself from accidentally reviewing the same source twice and/or you can alert others who do similar research (in your view) the source has some flaws.
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