Course Assignment: Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography Guidelines

A bibliography is simply a list of the references you used when writing a paper or– in this case – preparing a speech. You’ll be using MLA style for your bibliographies in this class.

An annotated bibliography is more than a simple list of sources. An annotated bibliography requires you to EVALUATE your sources. You should look at your sources and discuss the RELEVANCE, ACCURACY, and QUALITY of each source.

Typically an annotated bibliography is 100-150 words long per citation.

The link below provides additional information and examples:

Link: http://guides.library.cornell.edu/annotatedbibliography

Here’s an example:

Waite, Linda J., Frances Kobrin Goldscheider, and Christina Witsberger. “Nonfamily Living and the Erosion of Traditional Family Orientations Among Young Adults.” American Sociological Review 51.4 (1986): 541-554. Print.

The authors, researchers at the Rand Corporation and Brown University, use data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women and Young Men to test their hypothesis that nonfamily living by young adults alters their attitudes, values, plans, and expectations, moving them away from their belief in traditional sex roles. They find their hypothesis strongly supported in young females, while the effects were fewer in studies of young males. Increasing the time away from parents before marrying increased individualism, self-sufficiency, and changes in attitudes about families. In contrast, an earlier study by Williams cited below shows no significant gender differences in sex role attitudes as a result of nonfamily living.