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Communications: Annotated Bibliography Help


Annotated Bibliography Help

MLA Handbook

The library has several copies of the MLA Handbook. We keep several at the library's front desk, but also have copies that you may check out.

The Research Paper


The Scenario:


You’ve reached the point in your research where you have a good idea of where you want to go in the final paper. You’ve developed a tentative thesis; you may have found several sources (a variety of books, journal articles, critical essays, primary sources, etc.) or you may have just started to search for sources. (If neither of these is your scenario, don’t fear! Use the Resources and Guides page here along with other resources available from the library’s home page to find relevant sources.)  


Next Steps:


Now, it’s time to make notes on your sources, also called an annotation. Use this as an opportunity to really fine-tune which sources are most relevant to your argument. In each annotation, you’ll want to provide a summary of the source. For example, what are the author’s main ideas? You’ll want to focus on how the ideas presented by one author can be synthesized with the ideas of others on the list. Think of it as an open forum, a space where sources “talk” to one another. And where you, in turn, begin to figure out where your voice fits into the conversation. Take each annotation as an opportunity to discuss how that particular source, and the research contained therein, helped you to revise and improve your own final conclusions.



Sample Annotated Bibliographies

The annotations here aren't nearly as in-depth as your annotations should be. However, you can use these examples as guides for formatting.

Annotated Bibs @ OWL at Purdue