How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography: The Annotated Bibliography
Annotated Bibliographies // Purdue Writing Lab
An annotated bibliography gives an account of the research that has been done on a given topic. Like any bibliography, an annotated bibliography is an alphabetical list of research sources. In addition to bibliographic data, an annotated bibliography provides a concise summary of each source and some assessment of its value or relevance. Depending on your assignment, an annotated bibliography may be one stage in a larger research project, or it may be an independent project standing on its own. The quality and usefulness of your bibliography will depend on your selection of sources.
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Choosing a topic can often be the most challenging part of a research assignment, especially if your instructor asks you to write or talk about anything you want. The first step is: Define your assignment. To do this considering the following questions:. There are many places on the web that offer resources for choosing a topic.