An annotated bibliography helps you gather sources relevant to your research.
It is composed of list of citations to books, articles and non-print resources like websites, podcasts, etc. Each citation is followed by a summary and evaluation, assessing the currency, accuracy, relevancy and quality of the source.
Usually, an annotated bibliography includes some of the following:
Follow your professors guidelines to decide what and how much information to include in your annotated bibliography.
You wrote your annotated bibliography, but now you have to write the paper and you're overwhelmed with all you found or some of it now seems useless.
This is a very common nightmare scenario! Sometimes when you are searching for your annotated bibliography you grab things from all over the place - you aren't sure what you are arguing about yet.
Solution: These are advanced research skills! Listen up: 1) narrow down, through topic exploration, to an aspect of the broader topic early on (as in, charter schools ----> New Orleans charter schools and test scores). 2) Keep track of where you searched and what you found - you may need more sources later on - where were you happiest searching? 3) Use bibliographies in articles and books you like. By engaging in and following the conversation around a topic, you will become familiar with the narrower controversies and can stay on track more easily.
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