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Humanities Annotated Bibliography Assignment (Grant): Step 5: Annotations

Annotate Each Source

Write a short annotation (6-10 sentences) for each source describing the quality and usefulness of the source. Each annotation should:

  • Summarize the material in the source (3-5 sentences)
  • Assess the reliability of the source. This may include looking at any discernible bias in the source, the age of the source, the methodology, etc. (2-3 sentences)
  • Describe what this source would be most useful for. (1-2 sentences)


Questions to Ask

  • Is the author qualified to write on this topic?
  • Is the source current, and if not has further research called into question some of the claims made by the author?
  •  Based on the source’s list of works cited, does it seem as though the author spent a long time creating the source?  (The length of the research and writing process can often be revealing!)
  • Who is the intended audience of the source?
  • Does the information presented match what you already understand of the topic?
  • Are there spelling errors, grammatical errors, or other typos?

Additional Information

The Purdue OWL provides a wealth of information on annotated bibliographies, including some samples.

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