The following are examples of annotated bibliography entries, in different style formats. Your topic, your scope and your assignment will dictate what information you need to include in your entries. The tone, level of detail, etc. will differ according to your own criteria and purpose.
MLA style entry (Literature)
Martz, Louis L. "Donne, Herbert, and the Worm of Controversy." Early Modern Literary Studies. Special Issue 7 (May, 2001): 2.1-28
Compares the religious beliefs and attitudes of George Herbert and John Donne, especially as they relate to the tension between the Church of England and the strict Calvinists. Both Herbert's and Donne's poems, as well as Donne's sermons, are utilized as evidence. Among Martz's conclusions is that the populace's attraction to Herbert and Donne indicated the discomfort felt towards the more extreme iconoclastic and anti-sacramental elements of Puritan militants. Useful for those interested in the religious aspects of these poets' work and in their times.
APA style entry (Social Sciences)
Hernandez-Flores, R. A. (1999). The manual of social misunderstanding (2nd ed.). Calexico, CA: Sierra Padres Press.
A general guide on language, gestures, eye-contact and other basics for social workers, teachers, writers and people in general in both social and academic settings. Provides rationale to rules so the user can understand the principles of oral and written communication within socially diverse contexts, with intelligence and focus. Includes tips on interviewing, surveying, written and oral exams, editing, sales approaches, and adjusting body signals and language.
University of Chicago style entry (Art History)
Mueller, Laura. Western Art: A Critical Survey. Chicago: GoodLion Press, 2001.
Laura Mueller is a long-time lecturer in both art and literature. In this book, Mueller's experience is evident as she guides the reader through a combination of close observation of individual art works and a clearly organized systematic review of major schools and themes in Western art. The scope is wide, including sculpture, jewelry, and architecture, as well as the main focus on painting. Watercolor is treated alongside the numerous oils, pastels and mixed media. Although printmaking is not a usual focus of such books, Mueller makes an exception for the major contributors, like Durer, Rembrandt, Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso. Along with her other book on Ukiyo-E Japanese prints, this book shows a profound depth of analysis, but in an amazingly clear style which would benefit the general reader along with the more knowledgeable. Some art history surveys can be tedious, but this one comes through as exciting, personal and profound.
BE entry (Science)
Wankat, Philip and Frank S. Oreovicz. Teaching Engineering. New York: MacGraw-Hill, 1993.
How does one teach a field as wide and varied and changeable as engineering? Wankat and Oreovicz do a thorough job in outlining and explaining all phases of teaching, from measuring unit content to presentation style to exam design to grading. The authors combine their theoretical background in pedagogy with very practical and down-to-earth suggestions for improving a teacher's effectiveness and relationship to students. Many engineering classes are taught by full-time practitioners, who may not have a background in teaching. This book would go a long way to improving the lot of both such an instructor and her/his students. Engineering may change, but good teaching is always good teaching.
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