Annotated Bibliography A How-To Guide
Purpose • Forces you to look at your sources more thoroughly during the research process • Helps you to support the explanation of your topic • Gives you guidance on your topic and the commonalities in your research • Allows you an opportunity to gain insight from your perspective of the research
Written in MLA format 1-3 sentences explaining the purpose behind the source and how you plan to use it in your project “Paragraph form” (i.e. no bullet point lists) Formatting
Here’s an example: Hill, Mary. “The Migration to the West of the Muskogee.” Family Stories from the Trail of Tears. Ed. Lorrie Montiero. University of Arkansas: Little Rock, 2011. Web. This narrative essay tells the story of a woman who experienced the Trail of Tears. I plan on using it as a way to demonstrate the emotional effect of relocation on Native Americans.
Let’s try one together • First: write the citation in MLA • What info goes into an MLA citation for a periodical? • Find the appropriate info from the article that you need (fyi: this was done by the NY Times. • Second: use the info from the article to write an annotation about it.
One last thing • Remember that you should be completing citations as you go, along with your annotations for your bibliography. • Common practice is to write them on 3x5 index cards (and then type them up) or to write/type them out as you find your sources. Find what is the best practice for you! But, make sure that you’re citing your info correctly!!!!!
REMEMBER: Your annotated bibliography is due Monday, November 18th!