ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHIES a GUIDE FOR STUDENTS by Adela Sanders

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									ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHIES:
A GUIDE FOR STUDENTS




    Ms. Perry, AP/IB Literature, Winter 2009
What is an annotated bibliography?

   A bibliography is a list of sources (books, journals,
    websites, periodicals, etc.) one has used for
    researching a topic. Bibliographies are sometimes
    called "references" or "works cited" depending on
    the style format you are using. A bibliography
    usually just includes the bibliographic information
    (i.e., the author, title, publisher, etc.).
   An annotation is a summary and/or evaluation.
   Therefore, an annotated bibliography includes a
    summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources.
Zhivago Presentations
   Each group needs 10 sources (4 electronic sources
    may be used).
   Your annotated bibliography should serve as a
    quick, relevant assessment of your research.
   Your annotation should include:
    1) A concise statement of the author’s thesis,
    2) A brief summary of the work’s contents, and
    3) A critical assessment of the work by the
    bibliographer.
Sample annotation
   Smith, James. Boris Pasternak: A Life. New York:
        Penguin Publishing, 2008.
    James Smith's expository thesis includes information
    about Pasternak's life and writing style. This short
    article addresses Pasternak's childhood, teenage years,
    and writing during the Russian Revolution. Smith also
    explains the effect of Russian censorship on the
    publishing process. This article would be very effective
    for a class studying Dr. Zhivago or one of Pasternak's
    other works. It provides critical background information
    in an accessible and engaging way.
Reminders
   Your bibliography should be in MLA format
    (alphabetical order, articles cited correctly, etc.).
   The overall goal of an annotated bibliography is to
    provide the reader with not only the source, but why it
    is important.
   You can find additional MLA examples here:
    http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/614/03/
    or by searching Google. Some of the examples can be
    quite long; I don't expect your annotated bibliography
    to include more than six to eight sentences per source.
Reminders (part deux)
   Please remember to save your bibliographies and
    PowerPoints on the J: drive (Perry) in a folder with
    your class and project title.

								
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