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Best Practices for ANNOTATIONS

• Best practice for a preliminary search annotated bibliography:

Your 3-6 sentence annotation includes the following information:

1. Summary of the article/book. 

2. The intended audience.

3. The main arguments of the article/book.

4. Topics covered.

5. Special features. (charts, photographs, etc.)

6. An assessment of the source's usefulness in general.

• Best practice for a final annotated bibliography (works cited):

Your annotation includes the six points above, plus:

7. A reflection on the usefulness of the article/book as it relates to your paper.


Why an Annotated Bibliography?

Why write an annotated bibliography?

Here are two excellent answers:

"To learn about your topic.

To help other researchers."

(From Purdue OWL)

"One of the reasons behind citing sources and compiling a general bibliography is so that you can prove you have done some valid research to back up your argument and claims."

from The Writing Center at UNC - Chapel Hill)

Good luck researching!


Mrs. Lindsay's Grading Rubric

(For Upper School Projects)
These must be included:
(1) Encyclopedia, (2) Magazine article from EBSCO or another HSPLS database (3) Newspaper article (rec: Google News) (4) book - in print or electronic (like Google Books) (5) primary source(s) (6) edu site, (7) gov site
Points (usually 5) will be deducted for each missing type.

Takes into account credibility of author.
Takes into account relevance to the topic.

See Best Practices for Annotations Box.


Points will be deducted for:

1. Document not titled correctly
2. Improper (or no) use of italics

3. Entries not alphabetized

4. Second line and succeeding lines not indented

5. Lines not filled in completely to the right margin
6. Annotations not written in third person (You or I or we or us are not acceptable)

Technical Requirements for Ms. Lindsay's Assignments

Mrs. Lindsay's technical requirements:

1. Create your Annotated Bibliography in Easy Bib.

2. Save to Google Docs.

Name your document using the following convention:

USHIST11D(or F or H)-Yourlastname

3. Share your Annotated Bibliography with Ms. Lindsay, giving her commenting rights.

4. Email Ms. Lindsay if you have any questions.


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