February 16th, 2010

Annotations Everywhere!

We’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about annotated outlines and annotated bibliographies. Both are ways to make familiar tools much more robust.

Basically, an annotation is a bit of extra information added on. They are most often short paragraphs that provide context and explanation.

While you may grumble at the extra work, annotated outlines and bibliographies can help focus your thought and be quick reminders later on. This is especially true of the annotated bibliography: you can go back months or years later and quickly see which article contained what information. You don’t have to waste time rereading whole articles, because you already boiled it down into a useful nutshell.

You can also put annotations in the notes field in RefWorks.

For help creating annotated outlines and bibliographies, you can see these great guides from the Online Writing Center:

– Erin


Comment from Sandra Harshfield
Time February 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Could you please send a sample of an annotated bibliography.


Comment from Ieshia Goins
Time August 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

Good afternoon,

I am having trouble trying to format an annotated outline. I found a paper for annotated bibliography is that the same thing? For our last assignment we had to do a annotated reference list now we need an outline annotated. Could you please help me?

Thank you,
Ieshia Goins

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