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FYSP 156: Jewish Identity and American Politics: Citing & Creating Bibliographies

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What is an Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, web sources, media, etc.  Each citation is followed by a brief (approximately 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.  Annotations should not be confused with abstracts, which are summaries of content.  Annotations are both descriptive and critical.

Annotations should:

  • evaluate the authority or background of the author
  • indicate the intended audience of the work
  • compare or contrast a work with others in your bibliography
  • explain how this work contributes to your research topic