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Annotated Bibliography
a bibliography is a list of sources used for researching a topic.
a bibliography can also be called "references" or "works cited" depending on the style format used.
an annotation is a summary
what is the point of this source?
what is the topic?
annotated bibliographies help you learn about your topic because:

you learn to read more critically instead of just collecting information

you see where your research/ scholarship can fit
Research is developing a thesis that is debatable, interesting, and current
writing an annotated bibliography can help you gain perspective on what is being said about your topic!
You will start to see:
what the issues are
what people are arguing about
Then... YOU will be able to develop you own point of view!!!
what is the argument?
Assess the source:

is it...

After a summary, evaluate the source. What is it good for?
Is the source biased or objective?
how does the source compare to others in the bibliography?
Once you've summarized and assessed a source, then you need to ask how is fits into your research:

Was this source helpful to you?

How does it help shape your argument?

How can you use this source?

How has it changed the way you think about your topic?
Writing an annotated bibliography is excellent preparation for a research project.
Just collecting sources for a bibliography is useful, but when you have to write annotations for each source, you're forced to read each source more carefully.
You begin to read more critically instead of just collecting information.
A few sentences of general summary followed by several sentences of how you can fit the work into your larger paper or project can serve you well when you go to draft.
The purpose of a research paper is to state and support a thesis

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Annotated Bibliography Notes Fill in the notes for the amendment and for each of the three categories (multi-media, contemporary cases, advocacy documents). If you need support for the citation, consult the MLA Formatting Guide you printed from the lesson. Your topic: The Bill of Rights Amendment What amendment did you choose for your topic? Include the number and the amendment text. Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances MLA Citation for the Bill of Rights (official government site): "The Constitution." The WHITE HOUSE. Web. 14 Apr. 2016. <>. What information from this source seems the most important? Note key points mentioned in the source. The information that seems the most important from this source is that it addresses not only the amendment if my choosing, but it also states what the constitution is and it also provides the purpose of it. “The need for the Constitution grew out of problems with the Articles of Confederation, which established a "Frm league of friendship" between the states, and vested most power in a Congress of the Confederation. How does this source support your topic? This source supports my topic because its an o±cial government website. What information from this source would be most useful to include in your informative/explanatory article? I believe that adding the history of the constitution and reasons behind it would be the most important to add in my article. It’ll give my article the good kick it needs to get it going. One Multi-Media Resource