|Resources for Writers: Annotated Bibliographies.|
Academic uses of Annotated Bibliographies
Style and Format of Annotated Bibliographies
Methods of Citation
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As an undergraduate college student, you probably haven't compiled a database of such dimensions. But you might want to start. As you read more and more in a given area, you will find that maintaining your own annotated bibliographies is an excellent way to remind you at a glance of the thesis and main arguments of a piece. And you can also benefit from the work of other scholars who have published their annotated bibliographies. Annotated bibliographies are published annually in every scholarly field, and you may be able to find one or more for the topic that you are researching.
Each annotation is preceded by a full citation, as in the sample
annotated bibliography entry for Vashti Crutcher Lewis' essay included
|Lewis, Vashti Crutcher.
"African Tradition in Toni
Morrison's Sula" (Phylon, vol. 48: 1, 1987): 34-40.
To understand Sula we must be aware of the African
aesthetic Morrison employs. In West Africa, Sula &
Shadrack would not be "pariahs": they would be
recognized as Water Priest and Priestess. Their names,
Sula's scar, Shad.'s shell shock, Sula's effect on
others, and the bond between Shad. & Sula all reveal
this if seen from an Afrocentric perspective.
|--Full citation, following MLA format.
--Double line space, and no new line for the annotation.
--This is the thesis of the essay, so it is stated first.
--Here is her evidence/ argument briefly summarized.
Sometimes teachers assign students to write annotated bibliographies, because it is such a good way to become acquainted with a field of study and because it pushes you to a full understanding of the sources you are reading. Sometimes they just recommend that you write an annotated bibliography for your own use as you work on a research paper and try to create a mental synthesis of your sources.