What is an Annotated Bibliography? Created by Professor Tanya Greenfeld for College Composition 111, Northern Virginia Community College
Remember making one of these at the last minute? Works CitedAlexander, Keith L. “The 21st Century’s Answer to the Wright Brothers.” The WashingtonPost 5 Aug. 2003: 18+.“The Caribean.” People and Places. Ed. Jeff Jackson. Vol. 2. Danbury: Grolier, 2005.Club Drugs. June 2003. National Institute on Drug Abuse. 1 Aug. 2003 <http://www.nida.nih.gov/Infofax/Clubdrugs.html>.Elkins, David. Overworked Kids. Detroit: Arco Publishing, 2005.Hillstrom, Laurie Collier. “Dave Matthews Band.” Contemporary Musicians. Ed. Sean Pollock. Vol. 18. Detroit: Gale, 1997."Homelessness." World Book Online Reference Center. 2006. Patapsco High SchoolLib., Dundalk, MD. 16 Mar. 2006 <http://www.worldbookonline.com/>.“Iverson, Allen.” Macmillan Profiles: Athletes of Winter. New York: Macmillan, 2000.McGuigan, Cathleen. “Why Should We Care?” Newsweek 12 May 2003: 56.“Somalia.” CultureGrams World Edition. 2006. ProQuest. Patapsco High SchoolLib.,Dundalk, MD. 16 Mar. 2006 <http://online.culturegrams.com/>.
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The Annotated Bibliography= Works CitedAlexander, Keith L. “The 21st Century’s Answer to the Wright Brothers.” The Washington Post 5 Aug. 2003: 18+.“The Caribean.” People and Places. Ed. Jeff Jackson. Vol. 2.Danbury: Grolier, 2005.Club Drugs. June 2003. National Institute on Drug Abuse. 1 Aug. 2003 <http:// www.nida.nih.gov/Infofax/Clubdrugs.html>. +Notes, notes, notes, notes, notes, notes, notes, notes, notes…“quoted information” (citation)Facts, facts, facts…This is great source because…I will use this in my paper by…
Step 1: Bibliographical Information1. Author’s name2. Article title3. Source title 4. Date of original publication 5. Name of database 6. Date of access
Type it up in MLA format.Dunn, Sydni. "Lighter Teaching Loads for Faculty Contribute to Rising College Costs, Report Says." The Chronicle of Higher Education 13 Mar.2013, News: n.pag. Chronicle of Higher Education (Web Edition). Web. 22Mar. 2013
Step 2: Summarize it. Summarize the source material:•What is the topic?•What is the main idea or claim?•What support or key informationsupports the claim?
Write 2-4 Sentences of Summary.“The Education Sector and the American Council of Trusteesand Alumni released a report on March 20 that links a declinein the teaching loads of tenured and tenure-track professorswith the rising costs of college tuition at four-year colleges anduniversities. Andrew Gillen, the Education Sector’s researchdirector and author of the report, titled “Selling Students Short:Declining Teaching Loads at Colleges and Universities,”claims that if teaching loads had not decreased by 25% overthe seventeen-year period…”
Step 3: Evaluate it. Evaluate the source for timeliness, relevance, and reliability:When was it first published?Is it factual or biased?Who is the primary audience?Is the author a qualified source?
Write 2-4 Sentences of Evaluation.“While Dunn appears to be writing objectively about thisreport, she does not provide enough information to sway areader to support its conclusions. Not surprising, consideringthat the audience for this article is comprised of professionalsin higher education. By pointing out that the research focusedonly on one method to remedy the increased costs of reducinga professor’s course load while overlooking more cost-effective methods, she is revealing that the conclusions are abit specious…”
Step 4: Explainits usefulness.Does it support any of your points?Does it help you to define your terms?Does it provide anecdotal information toillustrate a point?Does it provide general, backgroundinformation on your topic?Where will this information appear inyour paper?
How will you use it?“This article provides me with evidence that this argumentexists. I never really thought about the correlation betweenteaching loads and college costs before, so I can include abrief mention of this argument as one of many possiblereasons for the rising costs of college tuition nationwide. I willnot use any quoted material. It will probably become asummary sentence in the second body paragraph of myessay.” If you can use it, lose it!
Just Four, Easy Steps!1. Gather the bibliographicalinformation. 2. Summarize the source. 3. Evaluate the source. 4. Explain how you will use the source.
Works CitedDunn, Sydni. "Lighter Teaching Loads for Faculty Contribute to Rising College Costs, Report Says." The Chronicle of Higher Education 13 Mar. 2013, News: n. pag.Chronicle of Higher Education (Web Edition). Web. 22 Mar. 2013."EasyWriter: A High School Reference." Amazon.com. Amazon.com, inc., n.d. Web.23 Mar. 2013. <http://www.amazon.com/EasyWriter-School-Reference-Andrea- Lunsford/dp/0312531141>.“Failure or Scaffolding to Mastery." Gridjumpers Blog: Collaborative Environmentsfor Teaching and Learning. WordPress.com, 15 Feb. 2013. Web. 23 Mar.2013.<http://gridjumper.net/2013/02/15/failure-or-scaffolding-to-mastery/>.“MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition." Amazon.com. Amazon.com, Inc.,n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2013. <http://www.amazon.com/MLA- Handbook-Writers-Research-Papers/dp/1603290249>.“Sleeping Student,” Academic Homepage of David Goglin. Web. 22 Mar.2013.http://faculty.ccc.edu/dgoglin/EXTRAS/Sleeping.jpg.