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UGS 303: Road Movies and Quixotic Journeys / Reed

Annotated Bibliography

What is an annotated bibliography and how do I make one?

An annotated bibliography helps you gather sources relevant to your research. 


  • Be organized. As you search the databases and the Web, save pdfs and citations. Try using NoodleTools to collect citations so that you can export them into a bibliography later (it has a section for creating annotations for your sources that you can export in MLA format).
  • As you collect sources, think about how the sources can support your claims and provide evidence for your arguments. Pull out important quotations and ideas from the sources. NoodleTools allows you to create notecards to record quotations and paraphrasing from sources.
    • Note: when you see folks get caught for plagiarism in the news, they often blame it on poor organization or a bad memory (I had forgotten where I heard that!). Keep organized to avoid unintentional plagiarism. 
  • NoodleTools also allows you to create annotations and outlines which you can export into Word or Google
  • Need more help? Purdue OWL is a great resource for writing an annotated bibliography - and it has some samples.

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