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Annotated Bibliography Composition

Annotated Bibliographies

Eileen Heaser

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Eileen Heaser
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Definitions

Annotated Bibliography: a list of books and/or articles followed by a brief statement about the text. The statement can vary in length from a sentence or two to a paragraph, roughly 150 words.

Arrangement: alphabetically by author, each item includes all basic bibliographic information as is contained in a bibliography or works cited or citations, for example: statements of the author, title, edition, place of publication, publisher, date of publication and the annotation. Follow the bibliographic style prescribed, e.g., APA, MLA, Chicago or others.

Annotation: a brief description or explanation of the material, intended as a guide for the reader. It may be descriptive: indicating the major points of the work  or evaluative: giving the annotator's opinion of the work.

General Format: begins with the principal point, presents subsidiary or supporting points and a conclusion. In an annotation the conclusion is often a recommendation. Abstract: summary of the main points of a work without evaluating the work (descriptive).