SPED 343 - Overview of Special Education

Librarian for Education, Kinesiology, and Recreation

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Irene Korber

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Tuesdays, 3-4pm:

Thursdays, 3-4pm

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What is an annotated bibliography?

bibliography is an organized list of sources (journal articles, books, government documents, websites, etc.) on a specific subject area. Citations in this organized list include the bibliographic information of each source, such as the author, title, and publication information. 

An annotation is a summary, description or evaluation.

An annotated bibliography is similar to a bibliography, with the difference being that each citation entry includes a brief description and assessment of the cited source - an annotation. Annotations are short paragraphs which are usually between 150 and 200 words, however, depending on your purpose they may be substantially longer. 

An annotated bibliography can serve many purposes:

  • Evaluation / critique of consulted sources
  • Demonstrate quality of research and understanding of cited sources
  • Provide a list of consulted resources and different formats
  • Reference for your own research
  • Review of available literature on the subject
  • Starting point to develop a thesis, research inquiry, or further research

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