A few things to keep in mind:
- While sources like Wikipedia are a great place to get an idea of places to work, information included there is not necessarily reliable to document in your paper.
- You need to find materials that are current.
- The goal is to gather a range of ideas and opinions, so do not include more than two articles by the same person, or more than two articles from the same web site.
a bibliographical entry or citation;
an evaluation; and
an explanation of use.
An annotation: This should be enough to tell your reader what the article is about and briefly mention the main ideas and major supporting examples. Do not select articles that you do not think will be useful. You will need to read each article before you can annotate it, so stick to material that you can get to read, whether online or in the library.
An evaluation: In a separate paragraph, evaluate each article. Why do you think it is reliable? Does it come from a professional source? Is the author well qualified? Is the information presented supported by facts and studies?
Alphabetize the list by the last names of the authors or editors. If an article does not have an author or editor, alphabetize it under the first word of the title (ignore articles “a, “an,” or “the” when you alphabetize) . Number your entries, to be sure you get at least ten of them.
If you have selected your topic wisely, and located relevant, reliable sources, you should now have a beginning Reference list for your research report, or you may now know that your original idea won’t work easily as a research project and you will need to turn to something else. As you develop your ideas for your essays, you will find that you need more sources on particular issues. Add these to your bibliography as you locate them; some of them will become part of your final list of works cited.
Step 4 | When you have collected your sources and organized your Annotated Bibliography, format your document as a memo. Include a quick introduction that explains to your audience what they will find in your document. And, also include a proposed statement of the purpose for your report. This will help your instructor ensure you are on the right track with your report.
Step 5 | Submit your assignment using the link above.