A “Works Cited” page has always sounded and looked bland to me. Especially after writing a lengthy report or essay. (I haven’t written a research paper yet.) But with an “Annotated Bibliography, references and sources can be dressed up to reflect their usefulness to a specific topic.
“What is Annotated Bibliography?” is a short video that puts a fun twist on the definition and purpose of writing one. However, the article from Purdue Owl, outlines it in a more detailed way with examples.
We should all know by now that a bibliography is another title for “references” or “works cited”, also indicated by the OWL, but some may be confused about the “annotated” part. Annotations are simply notes taken about a source you are using to write a paper. You know, the notes that are scribbled on scratch paper or “rough draft” so you don’t forget to include the information in your paper and on the “works cited” page. But to be more specific, these notes should be explanations, evaluations, comparisons, assessments, and objectives of the source in discussion. Annotation takes the “cite” to another level (dresses it up) by adding a summary and/or an evaluation.
“Why is it Required?” Based on the work we have been doing in class so far, I can say that we will be “annotating” all of our sources to prepare for our research paper. This will propel us to do “early research, be selective of our sources and read more critically.” (video)
I believe that writing an annotated bibliography will not only help focus on a research topic but provide critical thinking and research skills that can be used in other classes and on future research papers.
In the future, I may choose to “play dress up” with my sources by annotating, even if it is for my eyes only.