Creating an annotated bibliography calls for the application of a variety of intellectual skills: First, locate and record citations to books, periodicals, and documents that may contain useful information and ideas on your topic.
Briefly examine and review the actual items. Then choose those works that provide a variety of perspectives on your topic. Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the book or article.
Include one or more sentences that a evaluate the authority or background of the author, b comment on the intended audience, c compare or contrast this work with another you have cited, or d explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic. Critically Appraising the Book, Article, or Document. For guidance in critically appraising and analyzing the sources for your bibliography, see How to Critically Analyze Information Sources.
Check with your instructor to find out which style is preferred for your class. Waite, L. Nonfamily living and the erosion of traditional family orientations among young adults. American Sociological Review, 51 The focus is on description. An evaluative annotation includes a summary as listed above but also critically assesses the work for accuracy, relevance, and quality. Evaluative annotations can help you learn about your topic, develop a thesis statement, decide if a specific source will be useful for your assignment, and determine if there is enough valid information available to complete your project.
The focus is on description and evaluation. Example ó Evaluative Annotation.
Maak, T. Responsible leadership, stakeholder engagement, and the emergence of social capital.
Journal of Business Ethics74 This article focuses on the role of social capital in responsible leadership. It looks at both the social networks that a leader builds within an organisation, and the links that a leader creates with external stakeholders. Some of your courses at Ashford University will require you to write an Annotated Bibliography. An Annotated Bibliography is a working list of referencesóbooks, journal articles, online documents, websites, etc.
The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited, and to state how this source will be used in or relevant to the paper or project.
Thus, an Annotated Bibliography has two main parts: Research the required number of scholarly sources from the library for your project.
Reference each source in APA format. For help on how to format each source, see our sample references list. Write two paragraphs under each source:
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An annotated bibliography is a list of citations for various books, articles, and other sources on a topic. The annotated bibliography looks like a Reference page but includes an annotation after each source cited. Annotated bibliographies can be part of a larger research project, or can be a stand-alone report in itself. A summary annotation describes the source by answering the following questions: