WRITING AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Prof. M. Laskin
Adapted and revised from Writing Across the Curriculum by Sandra Nagy (via Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)
Why write an annotated bibliography?
Rules to follow:
Three questions to ask as you start to write your annotation:
Combine the Answers:
Example: Smith focuses on the dropping illiteracy levels among school children, categorizing socioeconomic levels, racial groups, and parents’ educational background. Smith attempts to convince his readers that most children do poorly in school because their parents don’t work with them in home study sessions. This article is helpful to me because I can use it to discuss my topic of how student success in school is affected by their parents.
Three more questions:
Example: While Smith’s data supports his position, his solutions seem too simplistic and very general. Because he ignores the busy schedules, as well as the attitudes and expectations of some parents, his “just do it” advice doesn’t seem likely to change the situation.
Grading Rubric for Annotated Bibliographies
Your Annotated Bibliography is a compilation of three scholarly resources that teach you about the gender issue you’ve chosen to research.
Each bibliographic entry (the citation) is followed by a 100-150 word annotation that provides:
(1) The main idea(s) including a relevant quotation from the source and (2) a sentence that evaluates the usefulness of each of the three articles you’ve read: Is it accurate? Does it provide important information? Is it unbiased? Is it comprehensive, including important perspectives on the topic? Or does this article seem incomplete? (It's not enough to say, "This source is useful"--explain why or how ! ) Note that you might conclude that a particular source is somewhat useful, and then in your annotation, you'd briefly explain what is helpful to your research on this topic and what in this source is problematic or incomplete, for example, and therefore not useful.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. You will automatically fail the assignment if you plagiarize. Be sure you know how to avoid plagiarism when researching sources online and in professional journals or books.
In short, below are the four criteria used to evaluate your annotated bibliography.
See also the rubric for grading under Assignments. Have you selected relevant, reputable and different sources from our Library's databases?