Within your bibliography, you must also include FIVE annotated entries. What does this mean? You must select five resources that you used when researching your personal project and delve deeper into how and why this source was useful to you.
To reach the highest levels of achievement through investigating, students must select a range of sources and a variety of source types. Students’ ability to evaluate the reliability of sources should be developed through ATL skills, particularly information and media literacy skills. Students should consider factors such as credibility of the author, currency, accuracy, relevance, intended audience and objectivity of the source.
Use various sources
Articles from magazines, journals, newspapers (online or in print)
Student’s prior knowledge
Subject area content
Writing an Annotated Bibliography
What information do I need to include in my annotation?
Your annotation should include three parts:
1. an assessment of the sources’ reliability,
2. a summary of the main idea or argument the source advances, and
3. a personal reflection that explains how the source is connected to your research question.
1. Assessment Questions
What is the purpose of this source? Is the author's intention to persuade, to inform, to analyze, [to sell], or to argue for a point-of-view? Is there evidence of bias or distortion?
What type of source is it? Is it an essay, a Web page, a peer-reviewed journal article, a reference work, a blog entry? Is this an appropriate source to answer the questions I have?
What are the author’s [or publisher’s] credentials or qualifications relevant to my topic or purpose?
2. Summary Questions
What is the main idea, argument, or point the source is advancing?
What evidence or details does the source provide to support the maid idea or prove the point?
3. Reflection Questions
How does this information connect to your overall goal?
How did this source influence your thinking?
How Shall I Structure My Annotation?
Write five to seven sentences making sure to supply the necessary information: an assessment of your source’s quality relative to your question, a summary of what the source has to say, and a reflection on how you will use the information or how it has changed your thinking. Try using the template below, filling in the blanks and providing information as required: