Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Writing the Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography lists the sources that you plan to use in a research paper.  List these using proper MLA format (as if you were typing a Works Cited).  After each citation, you include a brief description of the source.  The purpose is to cite the relevancy of each source.  The annotation should summarize important information in the source, perhaps the central theme of the source, evaluate the authority of the author, compare and contrast this source with another source, and/or remark on how you plan to use this source in your paper.  While the length of the annotation can vary with each assignment, the annotations for this assignment should be a paragraph (5 sentences).  The first three sentences should summarize the information in the source, and the last two sentences should state your interpretation and how you plan to use the source. Remember -- you will need at least 4 total sources for this paper.

Example: (Notice: do not indent the first line of the entry. Indent all others. Single space each entry. Blue text represents your summary of the source. Red text represents your evaluation of the source.)

Greenhouse, Linda. “THE SUPREME COURT: Animal Sacrifice; Court, Citing Religious Freedom, Voids a
        Ban on Animal Sacrifices.” New York Times. 12 June 1993. Web. 5 November 2009. This article by  
        Greenhouse overviews the Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah case. It takes out some of the more   
        technical information included in the actual court case and replaces it with more summaries about the 
        opinions of individuals involved in the case. The article also includes a brief history of the religion of 
        Santeria, the religion of the church in question. Since it includes quotes from people involved in this case 
        other than those of statements from the actual court document, this article is very important 
        to use. These quotes add a little more depth to both sides of the argument and also to the final ruling.

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