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Annotated Bibliographies and Literature Reviews

Step-by-Step to an Annotated Bibliography

How to create an annotated bibliography step-by-step:

1) Make sure you have a good understanding of your assignment. Ask your professor for clarifications if you need them.

2) Select a topic and start finding information via OneSearch and Google. There is a video below showing how to do this. Ask a librarian if you need help anywhere in the research process. 

3) Start saving the citations to any resources that might be useful. You can save them in a document, email them to yourself (instructions are below), or it you prefer- you can print out all articles, and check out any books that might be of interest. Try different methods to find the one that works best for you. Remember that this is an important part of the research process. 


To email resources to yourself, simply click on the icon that says email for the entry in OneSearch.


Enter your email into the box and send yourself the entry to save it for later. 


4) Start reading. You won't need to read most books from cover to cover, but note sections that are useful to you. You will probably want to read entire articles as they are shorter. Take notes. If you are ever unsure, Ask a librarian for a research consultation.

5) Then select a collection of sources that have multiple views on your topic. Select the citation style your professor would like, and list the citations in alphabetical order by author.

6) Follow the instructions of your professor to write your annotated bibliography. 

7) Be sure to revise and edit your work before submitting to your professor. If you need help, contact the Writing Center. 

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