Answered By: Jennifer Harris Last Updated: Oct 28, 2016 Views: 773
An annotated bibliography is a list of citations for books, articles, and other documents, e-resources (e.g. websites, blogs, wikis, etc.), and media (e.g. film, music, television, etc.). Following the citation is a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph of the work. This paragraph is the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to help you manage your research and also to inform your professor of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.¹
Example of an annotated bibliography entry for a journal article in APA style:
Waite, L. J., Goldschneider, F. K., & Witsberger, C. (1986). Nonfamily living and the erosion of traditional family orientations among young adults. American Sociological Review, 51 (4), 541-554.
The authors, researchers at the Rand Corporation and Brown University, use data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women and Young Men to test their hypothesis that nonfamily living by young adults alters their attitudes, values, plans, and expectations, moving them away from their belief in traditional sex roles. They find their hypothesis strongly supported in young females, while the effects were fewer in studies of young males. Increasing the time away from parents before marrying increased individualism, self-sufficiency, and changes in attitudes about families. In contrast, an earlier study by Williams cited below shows no significant gender differences in sex role attitudes as a result of nonfamily living.¹
The library has books and eBooks in our collection which can help answer your questions about preparing an annotated bibliography. Additionally, check out the web resources and SNHU Online Writing Center video below or contact the Learning Center (UC Students) and Online Writing Center (COCE Students) for assistance with preparing an annotated bibliography.
Helpful Books from the Library:
On Compiling an Annotated Bibliography by James L. Harner
Reading and Writing in the Academic Community with 2001 APA Guidlines by Mary Lynch Kennedy; Hadley M. Smith
To find more books and eBooks on preparing an annotated bibliography, please search the Multi-Search or the Online Library Catalog.
Helpful Web Resources:
These web resources may be helpful if you need help preparing an annotated bibliography. However, be sure to evaluate any sources you use--the Shapiro Library cannot vouch for the accuracy of information provided on external websites.
¹ Reproduced and adapted with permission from: Olin Library Reference, Research & Learning Services, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY, USA
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