How to write an annotation
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What is an annotated bibliography?
An annotated bibliography (or works cited) is essentially a beefed up works cited page. Your annotated bibliography must include the following information for each source you use for research:
- Brief summary
- 1-3 sentences summarizing the content of the source.
- Include main points and add detail to dig deeper into the source.
- 1-3 sentences evaluating the information and author of the source.
- Some things you might mention include: is the author a resepected authority on the subject? Can you trust the facts provided? What type of audience was this source written for? Is there a bias in the author's point of view? Does this information corroborate with information from other sources?
- 1-3 sentences reflecting on the usefullness of this source.
- Did this source provide you with a major portion of information or miniscule amounts?
- Did the source contain interesting information?
- Did you learn something about your topic you had not been previously aware of?
Example of annotated citation
Guillermo, Kathy. "Zika Response should Not Include Animal Experiments." People
for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, 28 Jul 2016,SIRS Issues Researcher,
This article discusses the morality and scientific veracity of animal experimentation, specifically in reference to the recent Zika Virus outbreak. Guillermo's main point here is that "studies should add to the body of knowledge of medical treatments for humans" and that "studies on animals won't do this." Citing a recent NIH strategic plan, Guillermo offers further research which concludes that data from other animals does not apply to human beings. Kathy Guillermo is the senior vice president of laboratory investigations at PETA. PETA is an american animal rights organization and nonprofit corporation. Because PETA has a clear stake in this argument, and clear bias against harm towards animals, I will look for corroborating research before using this source for the project. I will use this source in my project to demonstrate opposition towards animal experimentation.