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Annotated Bibliography Composition

Guidelines or suggestions when writing an annotation

Not all of these statements need to appear in any one annotation:

  • Write clearly and concisely, 30-60  but no more than 150 words will usually suffice.
  • State the authority and qualifications of the author.
  • Describe the subject and scope of the work.
  • Indicate biases or limitations of the work.
  • Describe the intended audience, particularly if a level of expertise is necessary to appreciate the work.
  • Compare the work to others in the field.
  • Describe features of importance, e.g., indexes, illustrations, appendicies.
  • Avoid repetition of information explicit in the title.
  • State the use, significance and value of the work
  • Reliability, is this an original source, accurate, well-researched with logical arguments
  • If the work uses or is influenced by a particular theory that fact can be mentioned