Annotated Bibliographies and Notetaking

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Learn about annotation and notetaking and build excellent research skills. Created for an 11th grade history class at Windward School.

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Annotated Bibliographies and Notetaking

  1. 1. Shetals Bag: Whats in it? (and why?)
  2. 2. Shetal is going on a date to a club. If she can take only 3 items in her clutch, what should she take and why?Clutch is a CC image from Flickr user Kekka
  3. 3. What did we just do? Annotate: (v.) to add notes to (a text or diagram) giving explanation or comment. -- Source: The Oxford American DictionaryCC image from Flickr user peteris b
  4. 4. How is Shetals Bag Annotated? http://www.flickr.com/photos/bardgabbard/3951445679/
  5. 5. Shetal is going on a date to a club.... Summarize(What is in herpurse?)... Assess (Howuseful will theseitems be on thedate?)... Reflect (Howhelpful are theitems? Which will bemost essential to thesuccess of herdate?)
  6. 6. Todays Goals Learn what an annotated Get new ideas for how to bibliography is, how to do take effective notes. it, and why.CC image from Flickr user iainsimmons CC image from Flickr user ibuch
  7. 7. Annotated BibliographyOverview: a list of sources with a short explanation of thesource and how it will be useful to you.Length of annotation: About 150 wordsPurpose: Inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy andquality of the sources-- source: Olin and Uris Libraries, "How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography,http://olinuris.library.cornell.edu/ref/research/skill28.htm
  8. 8. What should be in an annotation?Remember: an annotation is a short explanation of the sourceand how it will be useful to you. It should inform the reader of therelevance, accuracy and quality of the source for your topic.
  9. 9. Annotations Should...... Summarize (topics, main arguments)... Assess (point of view, authority, accuracy, references,currency)... Reflect (How helpful is this source for you? How willyou use it to shape your argument?)
  10. 10. Why Bother?Creating an annotated bibliography... ... forces you to examine your sourcescritically. ... will allow you to begin thinking of how tostructure your argument. ... helps you remember what is in eachsource.
  11. 11. ExampleHere is a sample annotated bibliography
  12. 12. Effective Note TakingCC image from Flickr userJenniver Merchan
  13. 13. Deciding if a Source is Useful What are your strategies for “pre-reading” a text before taking notes on it?CC image from Flickr user Anna Jarske
  14. 14. Pre-Reading StrategiesWhat to examine:• Title and subtitle of the source• Table of contents• Appendices, maps, illustrations• Abstract or summary of the source• Section headings• Bibliography• Introduction and conclusion
  15. 15. Pre-Reading StrategiesKey Questions:• Who wrote this source and why? Who published it?• When was this source written?• What is the authors or creators thesis or purpose? Who is the intended audience?• What evidence does the author use to support his or her argument?• What sources does that author cite?
  16. 16. Reading Actively – What does it mean to read a source actively (vs. passively)? – Beyond recording information, how can you take notes in a way that responds to the text?CC image from Flickr user Anna Jarske
  17. 17. Reading ActivelyCC image from Flickr user Anna Jarske
  18. 18. Have a Conversation with the Source Write as you read: • Summarize main points of a source. Be selective and concise!CC image from Flickr user the italian voice
  19. 19. Have a Conversation with the Source Write as you read: • Look up unfamiliar words and write definitions in your notes or on photocopies of your sources.CC image from Flickr user peroshenka
  20. 20. Have a Conversation with the Source Write as you read: • Respond in the margins: ask questions, disagree, and make connections to other texts.CC image from Flickr user cobra libre
  21. 21. Have a Conversation with the Source Write as you read: • Tag/add keywords to your notes to help you organize them later.CC image from Flickr user enokson
  22. 22. Have a Conversation with the Source Write as you read: • Write reflections and reactions to what you read. • Review what you have written regularly.CC image from Flickr user tonyhall
  23. 23. Have a Raucous Conversation "Studs Terkel...was known to admonish friends who would read his books but leave them free of markings. He told them that reading a book should not be a passive exercise, but rather a raucous conversation." Source: Holly Epstein Ojalvo, "Do You Write in Your Books?", NYT Learning Network, February 22, 2011, http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/do-you-write-in-your-book
  24. 24. Annotated Bibliographies and Effective Notetaking History 11, Bud Pell, March 7 2012
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