Quality Sources Used Well
Consider these criteria when selecting sources. Make sure you choose a source that is credible, objective, and thorough.
When was it written? Is it recent enough to be relevant?
For whom was it written? Is it too complex or too simple?
Approved by other experts? A scholarly source?
Well written? Does it use good spelling and grammar?
Is he or she an expert? What is his or her background, education, etc.
Does the author intend to inform or persuade the reader? What is the goal of the source?
Is the scope of the source appropriate? Does it match your topic?
How long has the publisher been in business? Are they highly ranked?
Is the author presenting information or drawing conclusions for you? Is the language neutral or emotional?
Does the source present multiple sides of an issue? Does the author have an agenda?
An annotated bibliography consists of a list of sources that you have cited, summarized, and evaluated. Below are some tips for creating an annotated bibliography. For detailed directions on what to include make sure to ask your English teacher and to follow the specific directions you are given. If you need help with creating citations or finding good sources, come by the library! We would love to help you!
Make sure that you don't have any grammatical or spelling errors in your paper. It lessens your credibility as an author. Many instructors use a SPaG (spelling, punctuation, and grammar) sheets when grading your assignments. Download a PDF of the SPaG sheets or visit the SPaG libguide.
An annotated bibliography consists of a list of sources that you have cited, summarized, and evaluated. Below is a list of databases where you can find good sources that you can use to support your argument and to include in your annotated bibliography. If you need help searching a database, come by the library! We would love to help you!