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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