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HON 399: A Thesis Preparation Course

This guide informs Honors College students about the thesis writing process

Annotated Bibliography


What is an Annotated Bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and other resources. Each citation is followed by a brief descriptive and evaluative paragraph: the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited. Annotations are usually about 150 words.

The Process

These annotations should include one or more sentences that:

  1. Evaluate the authority, background, and education of the author(s)
  2. Comment on the intended audience. For whom was it written (general public/any reader, subject specialists, college students)? What skill level or education level must the reader have?
  3. Compare or contract this work with another you have cited
  4. Discuss how this work explains your selected topic

Resources for Annotated Bibliographies