What is an annotated bibliography? In general sense, a bibliography is the list of writings along with a date of their publication. Let’s analyze the meaning of the word “annotated bibliography”.
An annotated bibliography is just a detailed version of it. This means that annotated bibliography is a citation formation in which the citation is followed by an annotation. An annotation is a note that accompanies an entry in the bibliography. The note describes, explains or evaluates the subjects or the publication that the entry of the bibliography is referring to. All standard dissertations, thesis, research papers, etc have a bibliography in the end. This bibliography contains a list of all the thesis, articles, journals, books, research papers that the author has referred for help. The author uses some annotations for summarizing the main arguments of the book or the article. He describes the topics, main points, arguments that the book, research paper or the article covers. Another thing that an annotated bibliography does is evaluating a source. It also acts as a review board. It reviews a source and describes whether it is justifying to the topic it is supposed to cover. An annotated bibliography also explains the purpose of using a particular source and its relevance in the paper or article, whether it was helpful, what were the important points, etc. An annotation can contain some or all of the above-mentioned characteristics.
Importance of an Annotated Bibliography:
Writing an annotated bibliography might seem like a useless thing but when we discuss the advantages that it has, we realize that it is one of the most important factors of a research paper, thesis, or dissertation. In a thesis, research paper or a journal, the author tries to make a point. The references that the author adds with his points add to the credibility of the point or thought he is trying to promote from his paper. The quoted authors or papers have obviously been recognized before and their credibility would help the author in gaining credibility for his points. Moreover, on the college level, a bibliography tells the professor that the student has done research for the paper and is coming up with relevant facts that he has taken from relevant sources. Another advantage that a bibliography has is that quoting the same point from several different sources would add weight to the credibility of the point. Similarly, it also provides information on the relevance of the information. Things change fast, what might be true one day might become obsolete the other. Bibliography also provides information on the timeline of the information quoted in a paper.
- Categories: Annotated Bibliographies