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Introduction to Annotated Bibliographies

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Annotated Bibliography: A How-to-Guide

  1. Locate books, magazines, websites and other sources that may contain information on your topic.
  2. Read the sources you chose very closely. Look at the introduction in a book, an article abstract from a database, or a description of a video online.  
  3. After looking your sources over, select the sources that provide useful information/perspectives on your topic.
  4. GO TO Noodletools to create MLA citations. Create an MLA style reference entry for each item.
  5.  Below each citation, you need to write a 1 paragraph summary of the main ideas of the source. This is called “annotation” or note-making. Usually, a strong annotation includes:
    1. The usefulness of the work for your paper
    2. Information that you discovered that would help someone else write this paper.

SAMPLE:

Galpin, Shannon. "A Talisman for the Women Around the World." The Huffington Post. 6 March 2011. Web.

The author, president of a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women in Afghanistan, is writing with the purpose of raising awareness for her organization’s most recent fundraiser. The organization, called Mountain2Mountain, is selling talismans which feature inspirational quotations and proverbs. The author speaks about the power of words and briefly touches on the plight of women in Afghanistan. Since I am writing about gender roles in Afghanistan, this article is a valuable first-hand source for the section of my paper which describes the current role of women. It is not very useful in terms of factual information, but Galpin’s emotional language and touching anecdotes will provide me with some excellent quotations as I write about how some women are currently struggling for equal rights.

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Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).