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Learn how to find and organise the most relevant, most useful and most up-to-date sources for your topic

What is this guide for?

Annotated bibliographies are great research tools. Creating one as an assignment is a good learning experience. It involves skills of selection, evaluation, description, and critical thinking, and will take you through these steps:

Annotated bibliographies

An annotated bibliography is a helpful research tool that lists useful resources for a specific research topic or area. It includes:

  • short commentary or summary for each book, article, Web site, etc. that it lists. The commentary is descriptive (tells about the content), and
  • an evaluation that informs the reader about the author's point of view, whether the item is "mainstream" or takes a new or radical tack, and
  • an indication of the sources' usefulness in answering the research question.

Annotated bibliographies answer the question: "What would be the most relevant, most useful and most up-to-date sources for this topic?" As an assignment, they get you to engage in the work of scholarship, using your knowledge, research, and critical thinking skills.

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Acknowledgement

This guide has been adapted with permission from the excellent Annotated Bibliography guide by Tony Amodeo of the William H Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University.

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