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Information Resources for AOE Students: Annotated Bibliographies

The purpose of this guide is to introduce CPS students to navigation of Lightner Library resources and to provide research tutorials.

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

The following definitions are quoted from Purdue OWL's Annotated Bibliographies Guide.

bibliography is a list of sources (books, journals, Web sites, periodicals, etc.) one has used for researching a topic. Bibliographies are sometimes called "References" or "Works Cited" depending on the style format you are using. A bibliography usually just includes the bibliographic information (i.e., the author, title, publisher, etc.).

An annotation is a summary and/or evaluation. Therefore, an annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources. Depending on your project or the assignment, your annotations may do one or more of the following.

  • Summarize: Some annotations merely summarize the source. What are the main arguments? What is the point of this book or article? What topics are covered? If someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say? The length of your annotations will determine how detailed your summary is.
  • Assess: After summarizing a source, it may be helpful to evaluate it. Is it a useful source? How does it compare with other sources in your bibliography? Is the information reliable? Is this source biased or objective? What is the goal of this source?
  • Reflect: Once you've summarized and assessed a source, you need to ask how it fits into your research. Was this source helpful to you? How does it help you shape your argument? How can you use this source in your research project? Has it changed how you think about your topic?

Your annotated bibliography may include some of these, all of these, or even others. If you're doing this for a class, you should get specific guidelines from your instructor.

Check out the links below for more information on how to write an Annotated Bibliography.

AOE Writing Help

Writing Help

The Writing Center is a great support service for students, which can help you improve your writing skills. You can also check out their pages on KC Portal and Facebook

They have provided the AOE Writing Style Guide, a fantastic resource to help you with all aspects of your writing that you will need in order to complete your program. The Style Guide includes sections on APA citation, grammar, punctuation, thesis statements, transitions, literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, and much more.

To get feedback on your writing, you can e-mail your paper to the Writing Center at writinghelp@keuka.edu.

Your corrected paper will be returned via e-mail usually within 24 hours during the week. However, you will need to allow 48 hours on the weekend, since they are not open during the weekend.

You can call the Writing Center at this number: 315-279-5108

If you would like to visit the Writing Center in person, it is best to make an appointment first. You can do so by visiting their website

For a quick check-over of your APA format and citations, you can also email your paper to the AOE Librarian, April Higgins at ahiggins@keuka.edu.

AOE Librarian

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April Higgins
Contact:
(315) 279-5411