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Purdue University's Online Writing Lab, OWL, has a good section on understanding Annotated Bibliographies:
It includes definitions, examples and samples for the MLA, APA and Chicago styles.
Click here for sample annotations in MLA, APA, & Chicago styles.
Factors to Consider when Annotating a Source
After reviewing your assignment, these are possibly additional factors to consider when annotating a source:
(from Joanne M. Burkhardt's 35 Practical, Standards-based Exercises for College Students)
To write an annotation, you will comment, in paragraph form, on the following elements:
- Content - what's the book about? Is it relevant to your research?
- Purpose - what's it for? Why was the book written?
- Methods used to collect data - Where does the information come from?
- Usefulness - What does it do for your research?
- Reliability - is the information source accurate?
- Authority - Is it written by someone who has the expertise to author the information?
- Currency - Is it new? Is it up-to-date for the topic?
- Scope/Coverage/Limitations - What does it cover? What does the author state that he or she will cover? What doesn't the book provides that would be helpful?
- Arrangement - How is the book organized? Are there any special "added-value" features?
- Ease of use - Can a "real" person use this book? What reading level is the book?