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Annotated Bibliography


What is an annotated bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is a tool for organizing and evaluating sources. First you must read your sources carefully, then decide how to summarize them in just one or two sentences. In your annotation, state the author's thesis, and make note of any especially interesting or relevant points. (For example, note how the following annotations single out certain chapters that should be helpful in the writer's research.) Also, include any comments that might help you later; for example, you might write, "This source will be essential in my essay." or "This source will probably not be useful in my research."

Examples:

Abelman, Robert. "Television Literacy for Gifted Children." Roeper Review 9 (1987): 166-69. Television is "a potentially useful and powerful tool" for classroom teachers. The introduction of "television literacy" into the curriculum will encourage critical thinking and imaginative responses, especially by gifted students.

Bryant, Jennings, and Daniel R. Anderson, eds. Children's Understanding of Television: Research on Attention and Comprehension. New York: Academic, 1983. Several essays, including one by the editors, discuss the effects of television on children. An essay by D. Anderson and Lorch, chapter one, defends the active participation of children in answer to those critics who say children are too passive. The essay by J. Anderson, chapter twelve, defends the technical skills required for watching television.

Hodge, Robert, and David Tripp. Children and Television: A Semantic Approach. Stanford UP, 1986. This book on children and television explores the social aspects primarily, and it features one chapter, "Television and Schooling," that discusses television as a "hidden curriculum" that teachers should not ignore.

THE PREVIOUS EXAMPLES OF ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY ENTRIES ARE TAKEN FROM JAMES LESTER'S Writing Research Papers (102-3).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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