Annotated Bibliographies. How and Why. What Is an Annot . Bib. Anyway?. Bibliography: a list of sources that one has used to researching a topic. Also called “references” or “works cited” depending on the style format you’re using. Annotation: a summary and/or evaluation.
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How and Why
Length of annotation will depend on how detailed your summary is.
You need to ask how this source fits into your research.
Usually, the bibliographic information of the source is written in either MLA or APA format and comes before the annotation.
The annotations are written in paragraph form, and their lengths can vary.
Holland, Suzanne. The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy. Boston: MIT Press, 2001. Print.
This is the annotation of the above source, which is formatted according to MLA 2009 (7thed.) guidelines for the bibliographic information listed above. If one were really writing an annotation for this source, one would offer a brief summary of what this book says about stem cell research.
After a brief summary, it would be appropriate to assess this source and offer some criticisms of it. Does it seem like a reliable and current source? Why? Is the research biased or objective? Are the facts well documented? Who is the author? Is she qualified in this subject? Is this source scholarly, popular, some of both?
The length of your annotation will depend on the assignment or on the purpose of your annotated bibliography. After summarizing and assessing, you can now reflect on this source. How does it fit into your research? Is this a helpful resource? Too scholarly? Not scholarly enough? Too general/specific? Since "stem cell research" is a very broad topic, has this source helped you to narrow your topic?
MacInnes, C.D. “Population Behavior of Eastern Arctic Canada Geese.” The Journal of Wildlife Management 30.3 (Jul., 1966): 536-553. JSTOR. Web. 6 Apr. 2012.
This article, by C. D. MacInnes, outlines a study that endeavored to trace the migration routes of the Canada Goose. In particular, the study sought to examine how the geese have adapted to the ecological changes that have been taking place in their native nesting grounds in Northern Canada. Along with providing extensive details about the methods and results of the study, the article provides the reader with a variety of basic information about the Canada Goose, including species name, distinguishing physical characteristics, mating patterns, and migration practices. The study looked further in depth at where certain geese travelled, depending on their point of origin, looking specifically at two routes north through the central grasslands of the United States and into Canada.
Despite the technical nature of this article, the background information that it provides about the filial behaviors of geese, such as when they decide to mate and how they treat their mates, will prove to be especially helpful in the writing of my poems. Because I am seeking to link the family practices of protection and unity of groups of geese to my own human family, this information about how parents treat their young and how mates treat each other will prove to be especially helpful. These relationships will become more important to my poems as the series progresses, especially as the speaker begins to understand the depth of her power in her relationships with mates, and the fragility of this power as it relates to the protection her parents wish to provide.