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Annotated Bibliography: The Annotated Bibliography Project

Resources to assist students in completing the Annotated Bibliography project.

Annotated Bibliography Presentation

Sample Annotation

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use the same Annotated Bibliography for two different classes?

A: No. Doing so would be considered plagiarism. 


Q: I can't find a book on my topic. What do I do?

A: Sometimes students have difficulty finding an entire book that focuses specifically on their research topic. If this is the situation you are in, try finding a book on the broader subject that your question relates to. For example, you might not (as of December 2014) be able to find a book specifically on the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson by a police officer. However, many books have been written on police brutality, and one of these might be useful to your research question. 


Q: Do my citations go at the end, like a works cited? 

A: No. Look at the sample annotation provided in the box on the left. 


Q: Do I need to put my citations in APA or MLA format?

A: APA format is what we use in most programs/courses at Bay State. Double-check with your professor. 


Q: Can I use a book or article that I don't have access to? 

A: No. Part of what this project is assessing is your ability to retrieve sources (such as finding a book on the shelf in the library) and to examine the full text of a source in order to evaluate it. Therefore, the full text of a book or article must be used for this assignment.