An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents that follows the appropriate style format for the discipline (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc).Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 word) descriptive and evaluative paragraph -- the annotation.
The quality and usefulness of your bibliography will depend on your selection of sources.
Define the scope of your research carefully so that you can make sound judgments about what to include and exclude.
The authors, researchers at the Rand Corporation and Brown University, use data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women and Young Men to test their hypothesis that nonfamily living by young adults alters their attitudes, values, plans, and expectations, moving them away from their belief in traditional sex roles.
They find their hypothesis strongly supported in young females, while the effects were fewer in studies of young males.
The results of their empirical studies clearly support the argument that children can still thrive and grow up in a healthy and loving family environment if their parents take conscious efforts to create such an environment.
The above piece is an example of an annotated bibliography in MLA.
Since most students have never encountered the term before entering post-secondary education, this added requirement tends to leave students everywhere scratching their heads and wondering why they ever thought pursuing a degree was a good idea. We've even included a short rationale to explain your professor's reason for making you undertake this pesky extra task in the first place.
If you're just starting to acquire research skills, you probably don't even know how to create a an annotated bibliography, anyway, and why is your professor so intent upon your learning to create one? An annotation is essentially a short summary of a source's content and argument, as well as an explanation of how that source fits the argument you are making in your paper.
Learning how to find and use sources, and then cite them properly, is an endeavor that many new students find overwhelming.
Some professors like to add to this stress even more by requiring not just a research paper but an accompanying annotated bibliography. Here, we present to you a simple guide on how to write an annotated bibliography.