annotated by xuyuzhu


									   Writing an Annotation

What is an annotated bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is an
alphabetical list of references to books,
magazine articles, web sites, etc.
Each reference is followed by a brief
paragraph, the annotation, usually about
50 to 150 words.
   Writing an Annotation
The annotation should:
 give a description and evaluation of the
 show that you have read and
  understood the source.
 have helped you to think critically about
  its contents.
 give enough information for a person to
  decide whether or not to read it.
   Writing an Annotation
When writing an annotation:
 Explain the main purpose of a source.
 Briefly describe its contents.
 What special features does it have?
 Who is its possible audience?
 How relevant is its information?
 What problems does it have -
     a suspected bias, a weakness?
Writing an Annotation
 main purpose
 contents
 special features
 audience
 relevance
 problems
      Writing an Annotation
Verbs which may help you discuss a source:

analyze     argue         assert        assume
claim       compare       conclude      criticize
defend      define        demonstrate   describe
determine   distinguish   emphasize     evaluate
examine     explain       identify      illustrate
imply       indicate      investigate   judge
persuade    propose       question      recognize
refer to    reflect       report        suggest
Anderson, Jon Lee 1997. Che Guevara: A
  Revolutionary Life. Bantam Press, Great
 Anderson’s biography of Che Guevara is
 extremely dense and informative. It includes
 every aspect of his life from his birth to death,
 and provided me with a lot of imperative
 information. This biography does not
 particularly analyse Che Guevara, which
 means it is unbiased and reliable.
Guevara, E 1965, ‘Socialism and Man in Cuba’,
 The Che Reader, Ocean Press, viewed 21
 May 2011, <

 Guevara explains in this speech his desire to
 create a ‘new man’ through socialism, and
 how everyone must work together to defeat
 capitalism. I found it useful for quotes and
 furthering my understanding regarding Che’s
 socialist ideas.
‘Cuba: Castro’s Brain’ 1960, Time
  Magazine, 8 August, viewed 21/6/2011,

 This article written in 1960 gives a
 biography of Che and Castro up to that
 point and describes the influence Che has
 in government. I found it very useful when
 looking for more information on Che’s
 policies and influence.
Examples of
citing or in-text referencing
 … A Time article of August 1960 went so
 far as to say that “Che Guevara is the
 brain” of the Cuban Revolution (Time,
 1960). His influence…
Examples of
citing or in-text referencing
… A Time article of August 1960 went so far as to say
that “Che Guevara is the brain” of the Cuban
Revolution (Time, 1960). His influence can be seen
clearly through his various policies and roles of
authority. The first of these was immediately following
Batista’s sudden flight from Cuba in 1959, signifying the
end of the Cuban Revolution, when Che was put in in
charge of La Cabaña prison (Anderson, 1997).
Examples of
citing or in-text referencing
… A chaplain who had formerly worked at the prison,
Javier Arzuaga, described the nature of the trials:

   There were about eight hundred prisoners in a
   space fit for no more than three hundred... The
   revolutionary tribunal was made of militiamen. Che
   Guevara presided over the appellate court. He
   never overturned a sentence. We called him “the
   butcher” because he enjoyed giving the order to
   shoot (Llosa, 2005).

Che declared…

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