Annotated Bibliography

Term I Final Project

What is an annotated bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations of a variety of sources (books, articles, videos, websites, etc.) that also has a short paragraph describing and evaluating each particular source. This paragraph is called an annotation.

What's the point?

The purpose of the annotation is for you to think critically about the source: what sort of information it covers, in what way it covers that information, and whether it was helpful to you.

What goes in the annotation?

The annotation should be 5-6 sentences long, and should briefly cover SCOPE, HOW IT ANSWERED YOUR QUESTION, INTENDED AUDIENCE, UNIQUE FEATURES, and RELIABILITY. For each citation make sure you answer the following questions:


  1. What is the source about (scope)?
  2. How will this source help to answer your question?
  3. Who is this source for (people familiar with the topic, people unfamiliar with the topic, young children, scholars...)?
  4. Does this source have any special features (illustrations, bibliography, maps...)?
  5. Do you think this source is reliable? Why or why not? (You probably won't need to answer this question for non-fiction books, but it is important to consider for websites.)

Example

"Cyberbullying." Stopbullying.gov. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2015. Web. 04 June 2015. <http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/prevention/index.html.> Stopbullying.gov provides several pages on cyberbullying. It covers what cyberbullying is, prevention, and reporting. Although it seems to be written with parents in mind, the information is simple and easy to understand. The website is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and besides giving the basic information, it also has some statistics and a short video on standing up to cyberbully. The source is helpful in answering my question because it provided some good foundation information for understanding how cyberbullying is different from regular bullying.

How do I do it?

Cite your sources in EasyBib. Create a new document in your Inquiry Research folder in Google Drive for each annotation and work on them there. This will allow you to spell check and have a classmate peer edit. Afterwards, you will add your annotations to your citations in EasyBib.

What to do

  1. Create a project in Easybib to hold all your citations.
  2. Make sure to add all your citations IN THE SAME PROJECT. This will keep them all together.
  3. Do your annotations as you go.
  4. You should have a minimum of 5 sources in your bibliography.
  5. Add your annotations to your citations in EasyBib
  6. When you have all your citations and annotations, export your bibliography to to Google Drive.
  7. Rename the document Last name First name Annotated Bibliography
  8. Add a header to your document and write your specific research question.
  9. Submit your document to the Term I Final Project assignment on Google Classroom.