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Student Research Guide

Writing an Annotated Bibliography

For thesis work, you will most likely be required to complete an annotated bibliography.  An annotated bibliography is comprised of a select list of citations on your topic, whereby each citation is followed by a critical explanation to indicate the relevance of that resource to the larger scholarly conversation.  As noted in the Writer's Handbook from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an annotation may do one or more of the following:

  • describe the book or article's content.
  • demonstrate the book or article's relevance to your research.
  • discuss the reliability or validity of the book or article's content.
  • present your reactions to the book or article's content.
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