An annotated bibliography is a list of citations at the end of book or article with about 150 words of descriptive summary following the citation. Give proper credit when writing term papers or stories with an annotated bibliography with help from a screenwriter in this free video on writing.
Alright folks, in this clip I'm going to teach you how to write, research and prepare what's called an annotated bibliography. An annotated bibliography is basically a list of citations, the different books, articles or documents. Each citation is followed by about a 150 word descriptive summary of each book or article. And the purpose is to inform readers of the accuracy or relevance of each particular cited annotation. For the purpose of this video, we're going to assume that you're creating an annotated bibliography to as a list to support a topic that you're currently writing about like basically as a bit of a written evidence to support whatever it is you're attempting to hypothesize or describe or just generally like explore. So what you're going to want to do first is get a lot of reading and research done on the different books and articles that you want to cite from. Go and dig up all those books and articles, go through them carefully and really just kind of make a note of the different excerpts that you'd like to draw from to create this annotated bibliography. Make sure you've got it all down and its, you've picked the articles that best fit the current topic that you're attempting to put forth. So that would be step one. Then you're going to want to go in and you're going to record all the relevant information starting from the names of the authors, the title of the book, the year it was published or in the case of a periodical like a newspaper or a magazine, the issue date and the issue number. You're going to want to write the page number if you're citing from a newspaper or a magazine. And then you're going to go into your 150 word summary of the article or the book. There are basically two different styles you can use when creating your annotated bibliography list. There is the modern language association style and the American psychology association style. Both styles are fairly similar I would say, but there are subtle differences. So what I would suggest is if you have the time, go online, research all the different minor technical adjustments between the two, figure out which one you feel more comfortable with because really, the variations are very, very slight in terms of how you list the name of the author, the name of the title, the date that it was published, the page number of the article, all that information just very slightly depending on which of those two methods you choose to go with. So, do a little research on that as well. Figure out which style fits you best, create your list, the list of sources that you want to cite from and yeah, get the research done, make sure its clear, concise and accurate. Start laying it down. That's how you create an annotated bibliography.