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INF 161: Social Analysis of Computerization: Hints for Paper 3 - Annotated Bib


Formatting an annotated bibliography

Entries in an annotated bibliiography can be either descriptive or analytical.  The format of the bibliography can be either essay driven or by individual entries.  Consistency is what counts.  Special hints:

  • Choose your topic - your contribution to the Group Project - and you may find it helpful to follow these suggestions as noted in a Cornell University LibGuide on Annotated Bibligraphies (  Your topic should be reflected in the title of your bibliography
    • Follow APA or another style manual and make each entry consistent per those guidelines - note what citation style manual you are using
    • Bibliography should include 5 new resources that you have discovered as part of your research, two of which are peer-reviewed journal articles
    • The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.
    • Annotations are descriptive and critical and should be no more than 150 words per resource or entry
    • Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the book, article or website.  By doing some additional research you could Include one or more sentences that (a) evaluate the authority or background of the author, (b) comment on the intended audience, (c) compare or contrast this work with another you have cited, or (d) explain how this work illuminates the topic of your bibliography