Writing an Annotated Bibliography * APA style



 A bibliography is a specifically organized list of books, journal articles and other sources that were used in the research process.

 There are several different styles - MLA and APA are the most common. You will use the APA for this assignment.

 We use a bibliography, or as it also known a works cited page, to ensure that credit is given to the authors and that we are not portraying someone else’s work as our own.  Bibliographies lists “citations” that includes such information as author (if given), title, and publication details of the resource consulted

 An annotated bibliography is a bibliography with an additional description or evaluation of each source.

 Annotation is defined as a critical or explanatory note; a commentary.

 The purpose of the annotation is to help the reader evaluate whether the work cited is relevant to the specific research topic or line of inquiry.

 Particularly in an assignment such as this one you want to demonstrate that you carefully evaluated your sources

WHAT THE ANNOTATION SHOULD INCLUDE  Generally, annotations should be no more than 150 words (or 4-6 sentences long). They should be concise and well-written.  Main focus or purpose of the work you consulted  Intended audience for the work you consulted

 Special features of the work that were unique or helpful  Background and credibility of the author  Conclusions or observations reached by the author

 Conclusions or observations reached by you after consulting the resource  Usefulness or relevance to your research topic (or why it did not meet your expectations)


 http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/614/01/  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/  http://www.apastyle.org/learn/faqs/index.aspx

 The publication manual will be available in the library Monday afternoon