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New College Writing Program Library Guide

Helpful Handouts

These useful one-page handouts describe the difference between popular, news, trade and scholarly articles and the guidelines for creating an annotated bibliography.

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

Annotated Bibliography:

An annotated bibliography is an organized list of your sources that includes additional information about the sources. This information can be descriptive, explanatory, and/or evaluative in terms of quality, relevance to your own research project, as well as explorative in how the work provides options for further research.

To write a good annotated bibliography you need to be:

  • Concise: Go to the point of what is the book/article about, in few words, summarize.
  • Evaluative: Determine who is the author, what is his/her expertise in the topic, how reliable is the information
  • Critical: Reflect on what is the strength and weakness of the work, what is missing, etc.
  • Comparative: how each piece review compares to other similar works

Useful site with tips on how to write an Annotated Bibliography:

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