This assignment is designed to help you evaluate sources of information. An annotated bibliography includes all of the citation information needed to find a source and a paragraph describing the source.
- Find a minimum of six sources on your topic – these should be your best sources so that means you will likely have reviewed at least twice this many
- ONLY use MLA citation formatting and use it consistently in the assignment
- Look for reliable, valid sources that discuss research and use academic language
- As you write your annotated paragraph include both a summary of the source AND an evaluation of the validity of the source and its usefulness. Paragraphs should be in full sentences 70-200 words long. Length of the entry is often linked with the length of the source.
- Summarize the content of the source – be descriptive and specific
- Evaluate the accuracy and validity of the source
- Describe the usefulness of the source
- The format should list the citation, then the appropriate paragraph annotation followed by the next citation and annotation. All entries should be typed and double spaced.
Castro, P., Huber, M.E. 2005. Marine Biology. 5th ed. New York: McGraw Hill. 451p.
This college-level classroom text provides an overview of oceanography, marine organisms, marine ecology, and human relationships with the ocean. Microbes are described in detail in one chapter but are again discussed in the context of different marine ecosystems. Prokaryotes and eukaryotes are detailed with descriptions of their varied metabolic reactions. Relationships of microbes to other organisms through symbiosis are highlighted as well as concerns of humans through plankton and microbial blooms. The text also emphasizes how understudied marine microbes are due to research interests and the difficult of studying fragile organisms at sea. As a recent publication by qualified marine researchers and teachers, Castro and Huber, with extensive academic review, the information is current and valid. The source provides an excellent overview for the advanced beginner including glossary and appendices, but requires knowledge of basic biology and chemistry.
Identifying valid sources:
· Look for the author’s credentials. Are they a person who has a documented knowledge of what they’re researching? Who is paying them to write this?
· When was the source created? Could research since the time of publishing have changed the information included in your source? If so, look for more recent works that give you the same (or different) information.
· What type of source is this – peer-edited journal, website, book?
· The depth and level of detail offered in the source. It should be appropriate to your level of understanding but use relevant vocabulary and cite research to support its information.
Rubric: Annotated Bibliography
Quality of Sources
All sources demonstrate careful consideration of validity and sources do not repeat same information
Several sources are credible but others are not current or have questionable validity
Sources meet guidelines for types selected but there is no consideration of validity
Sources do not meet guidelines for types of sources used
Includes the complete and accurate bibliographic citation for each source and is organized according to citation method used
Makes 3-5 errors on citations.
Makes 6-10 errors on citations.
Makes more than 10 errors on citations.
Summaries are accurate, evaluation addresses validity of source and usefulness for assignment is included for every source
One component of the annotation is missing or very limited in several citations
One component of the annotation is missing in many citations
Little or no information specific to the source is included
Well-written, unique to the source, avoids vague statements. Appropriate length.
Well written but contain some generic statements OR not appropriate length.
Poorly written, many generic statements, too short
Annotations are missing or are not coherent.
Bibliography could be used to generate a comprehensive research paper with excellent sources.
Bibliography provides sources to create a paper on the topic but is missing some key information
Sources miss key topics required by presentation assignment
Sources used would not create an informative paper