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Welcome to the LibGuide for your course! This guide has been created to assist you with research for your course. Please email me if you ever need assistance finding materials.
What is an Annotated Bibliography?
An annotated bibliography is a list of citations of books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief paragraph that evaluates a source (otherwise known as the annotation – usually about 150 words). The purpose of the annotated bibliography is to have you think about the sources you are using and why you think they are worth using. Your annotated bibliography should include 5 credible sources.
First, use NC LIVE and/or the Library to locate and record citations to books and articles that may contain useful information on your topic. Briefly examine and review the actual items. Then choose the books and articles that will work best for your topic. Cite the book or article using APA style (remember, NC LIVE can help you with citation format). Write a concise annotation for each book or article. In paragraph form, include one or more sentences that include the following information:
- Give a brief summary of the article (3-4 sentences).
- What is the main point of the article?
- How will this article specifically help you write a paper on this topic?
- What type of audience is this article written for (i.e. professionals, the general public, both)? How did you determine this?
- Compare or contrast this work with another you have included in this bibliography.
Sample Citation & Annotation
, Business Administration
, Computer Information Technology
, Criminal Justice
, Electrical/Electronics Technology
, Foreign Languages
, Graphic Design
, Human Services