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SOC 306 Cultural Anthropology

An annotated bibliography contains 2 components. It is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by at least one paragraph with a brief description and evaluation, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.

When considering how much to write, always check the assignment and rubric. For example, the assignment might be: "Each entry should be at least 2-4 paragraphs in length.  Summarize the key points of the source, offer evaluation or contextual analysis, and demonstrate your understanding of the anthropological content."

Start by reading the abstract, discussion, and results or conclusion sections. This helps you verify the article is useful and should provide much of the information you need for your annotation. Expect to read the article more carefully in order to write your paper.


What is an annotated Bibliography?

Why is an Annotated Bibliography important?

What is the Importance of an Annotated Bibliography?
In addition, writing an annotated bibliography helps you develop skills related to critically reading and identifying the key points of a research study and to effectively synthesize the content in a way that helps the reader determine its validity and usefulness in relation to the research problem or topic of investigation.
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Why Ask Students to Make Annotated Bibliographies?

What are the Main Purposes of Annotation?
The annotating text promotes student interest in reading and gives learners a focused purpose for writing. It supports readers' ability to clarify and synthesize ideas, pose relevant questions, and capture analytical thinking about the text.
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