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Annotated Bibliography How-to: Annotated Bibliography Steps

A quick guide for the most common assignment in the Communication Department

#1 Create a Topic Proposal

Follow your professor's guidelines for this, but generally, this is a paragraph or two, no more.


#2 Create a Searching Strategy

After you complete your topic proposal, and before you begin searching the library resources for sources, you must create a Search Strategy. 

1.) Define your topic in a phrase or sentence.

2.) Identify the keywords or the main words in your sentence. 

3.) Thinks of synonyms for your key words.

4.) List the assignment requirements (number of sources, type of sources, citation style.)

5.) Search the main library search box below - you're ready to begin!


Courtesy of Florida Atlantic University Libraries

#3 Library Catalog Search: All Electronic & Print Resources

 Advanced Search

#4 Resources for Finding Scholarly Sources

#5 Evaluate your Found Sources

Use this handy guide to help you evaluate your sources for usefulness for your topic.

#6 Write Your Annotated Bibliography

Your Annotated Bibliography can be organized in three different ways:

- Alphabetically by author's last name

- Thematically (grouping your sources by theme)

- Chronologically by publication date

Your professor might have a preference as to how you organize you Annotated Bibliography, but if you have a choice, the best option is usually thematically as it begins to help you make connections between your sources and provide the framework for your Literature Review and subsequent First Draft.