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SOCI 121 / PSYC 120 Introduction to Research Methods

What is "annotated bibliography"

A simple descriptive or informative annotated bibliography

  • describes why the source is useful for researching a particular topic or question
  • presents the main arguments or conclusions, or summarizes the content
  • points out the sources distinctive (and relevant to the assignment) features

NOTE: the links below will show you examples of annotations at a more advanced level. Follow your professor's directions for what information should be included in your annotations.

NoodleTools for Annotated Bibliography

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NoodleTools is an online tool that helps you create citations and reference lists step-by-step. Try it, you'll like it!

NOTE: You need to create your account from any campus computer the first time you use it.

Where to find information for annotated bibliography

  • in the library catalog ("book record"): check the book's subjects, summary, publication date, and the "Reviews and more" tab
  • in books in print: check the back of the title page for publication information; back of the cover or inside covers for blurbs; read he "Table of contents" and scan the index for your keyowords; read the introduction
  • in ebooks: check the book's "Table of contents"; scan the introduction, conclusion and index
  • in databases: check the article's subjects, summary and abstract; pay attention to the publication date and the source (e.g. scholarly journal or popular magazine?); read the article's introduction and conclusion
  • on websites: check the URL (.edu? .gov? .com?);look for the "About" section, update dates, names and affiliations; what's the intent - sell, inform or entertain? 
  • Read the image of a libguide tab titled "evaluating resources" page in this guide..