Do I use an annotated bibliography in a research paper? If so, where do I put it? With the refference page?
Do I need a reference page if I have an annotated bibliography? This is my first research paper and I completed an annotated bibliography as one of my assignments. Reasoning would conclude, I am supposed to use the bibliography; right? I have not talked to my profesor yet and would like to avoid asking a stupid... show more Do I need a reference page if I have an annotated bibliography? This is my first research paper and I completed an annotated bibliography as one of my assignments. Reasoning would conclude, I am supposed to use the bibliography; right? I have not talked to my profesor yet and would like to avoid asking a stupid question, if you know what I mean?
Update: I have completed an annotated bibliography. The paper and bibliography are both in APA format. The research paper is 2200 words. Is it big enough to require a bibliography? If I use the bibliography, do I also include the reference page? Does the bibliography go before the reference page and at the end of the paper?
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What is an annotated bibliography?
An annotated bibliography is a list of the sources (e.g. books, journal articles, etc.) that you used to research a topic in preparation for writing a term paper. In an annotated bibliography, each source in the list is followed by a brief descriptive and evaluative paragraph of 4-5 sentences (approx. 150 words or more), which can also include its relevance to your paper topic. An annotated bibliography should inform the reader by providing a clear indication of each source's relevancy, accuracy and quality.
Sample entries from annotated bibliographies
Summary/descriptive type (in APA style)
Sampson, R. J., Raudenbush, S. W., & Earls, F. (1997). Neighborhoods and violent crime: A multilevel study of collective efficacy. Science, 277, 918–924.
Analysis of data gathered by the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods indicates that although racial and socioeconomic inequalities are relevant factors, they are not the singular or primary influences on neighborhood crime. Findings suggest that neighborhood violence is predicted by measures of informal social control, social cohesion and trust, and perceptions of violence. Consistent with the social organization model, collective efficacy is shown to mediate the influence of residential stability in predicting neighborhood violence.
Note: the example above is taken from:
Brossoie, N., Graham, B., & Lee, S. (2005). Families and communities: An annotated bibliography. Family Relations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies, 54(5), 666-675. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3729.2005.00350.x
Other sample entries
Purdue Online Writing Center (OWL) provides sample entries for the three main types of annotated bibliographies using APA, MLA, and Chicago styles: summary/descriptive, critical/evaluative, and combination
For more information, ask a librarian.