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Annotated Bibliography

A successful annotated bibliography consists of two sections, each comprising important aspects which give your source relevance and support for your research.

Section 1: the citation

The correct citation is important for your reader in order for them to access and refer to your descriptions, if need be.  While many search engines and databases provide system-generated citations for a number of different writing styles, they are not always correct.  If you choose to copy a system-generated citation it is important to know the format for your paper, and to review every citation you copy for accuracy.

Section 2: the annotation

For an effective and thorough annotated bibliography section 2 should consist of 3 parts:

  • Part A: The importance of the author
  • Part B: The importance of the article
  • Part C: The importance of the article to your study


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