An annotated bibliography is a list of citations of book, articles, web sites, periodicals, films, videos, and other documents useful in researching your Senior Assignment topic. Each citation is followed by a descriptive and evaluative paragraph (about 150 words). The purpose of the paragraph is to briefly summarize the source and discuss its quality and relevance to your topic.
You should have approximately 10-12 sources.
Emphasis should be placed on sources of substantial scholarly import (books, journal articles, research reports, etc.). Periodicals (magazines and newspapers), movies and videos, and websites (as long as they are reliable sources) are acceptable but should be kept to a reasonable minimum. Dictionaries, encyclopedias, Wikipedia, and textbooks are not acceptable sources except with approval of your supervisor.
Use Chicago Style unless your supervisor instructs otherwise. Citations and annotations should be double-spaced. Annotations should be in sentence-paragraph form. The order of entries should be alphabetical using the same guidelines as a Reference list at the end of a research paper.
Annotations are to be written by you, in your own words. They should reflect your ideas about what you read. You need to be careful about using the words and ideas of others without giving credit, and it is necessary to paraphrase or quote when you use the words or ideas of others.
For more information, consult the following resources:
The Writer's Handbook: Quoting and Paraphrasing (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Plagiarism: What it is and How to Recognize and Avoid it (Indiana University)
Avoiding Plagiarism (Duke University)
Five criteria for evaluating Web pages (Cornell University)
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask (University of California Berkeley)
The Writing Center, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
The Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (Purdue University)