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What is an annotated bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, etc., with notes for each citation. Each citation in an annotated bibliography is followed by a brief (usually 100-150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, i.e., the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited. Annotations may consist of one or more of these: author's background; conclusions the author(s) may have made; content (focus) of the item; limitations that the item may have, e.g., grade level, timeliness etc.; methods (research) used in the item; reliability of the item; usefulness of the item; what audience the item is intended for; or your reaction to the item. The bibliographic entries (citations) can be written and arranged as they would be in any other bibliography, usually alphabetically by the first word (typically the author's last name). You must follow one style, such as APA, MLA, Chicago, CBE, etc. The annotation may then immediately follow the bibliographic information or may skip one or two lines depending on the style manual that is used. Annotated bibliographic entries should be brief and include only significant information.

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