| The purpose of an
annotated bibliography is to cite,
and then briefly summarize, books and articles on a topic relevant
to your study. Ultimately, this is useful for two main reasons:
- As a tool to help one catalog and organize large numbers of researched
If you are working on a lengthy paper or project
that involves a complicated thesis, you may need to consult numerous
articles, books, and other documents. To keep a running record of your
study, an annotated bibliography can be useful to you when it comes
time to provide a Works Cited page or to decide which texts will be
most useful to your thesis.
- As means of providing a detailed reference for anyone else who
may subsequently read or make use of your completed article.
It is important to write as part of a community of
fellow writers, readers, and thinkers. In other words, your essays
should be written for public discourse. Imagine that one day your
essay will be published or perhaps kept on record at your place of
work. If people consult your work, it would be useful to them to have
an index of related texts. Offering an annotated
bibliography for their consideration will help to broaden their
understanding of the scope of your thesis.
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