Annotated Bibliography Assignment
Bibliographies are essential documents for researchers
studying (in) a particular field. Clearly-
written and properly-documented bibliographies serve a dual
purpose in collecting information
about a certain topic and providing a place to further
explore specific subject matter. While
some bibliographies simply list sources, others offer
annotations of each item. In this
assignment, you will be asked to compose a 9-item annotated
bibliography in MLA style in the
topic of Health and Medicine.
Selecting a Topic
Text: Bordo,“The Globalization
of Eating Disorders”
Selecting Items for the Bibliography
Incorporate a variety of source material(s) in this
bibliography. You may wish to start with
traditional print sources such as books, magazines,
periodicals, and newspapers; you may also
use sources from the “open” Internet as long as they are
scholarly or professional in nature.
Required Source Types:
Given five (5) sources from the university
Find four (4) sources yourself, it should
come from other resources (e.g. Internet or hard texts).
It is necessary to have a diverse range of sources in order
to practice documenting and annotating
from all across the spectrum. This experience will come in
handy as you move into your
discipline-specific research requirements and/or courses.
Annotating Each Entry
Remember to annotate each source. Each
annotation should be comprised of two (2) short
paragraphs; these annotations
should describe the source’s
content to a general reader (i.e.
summary) and assess the strengths and weaknesses of said
source (i.e. evaluation). You should
write one (1) paragraph of summary
and one (1) paragraph of assessment for each source.
Adhere to MLA Format
Length: two paragraphs for each
source / 9 sources total
From the OWL at Purdue Website:
A bibliography is a list of sources (books, journals,
websites, periodicals, etc.) one has used for
researching a topic. Bibliographies are sometimes called
“references” or “works cited” depending
on the style format you are using. A bibliography usually
just includes the bibliographic
information (i.e., the author, title, publisher, etc.).
An annotation is a summary and/or evaluation.
Therefore, an annotated bibliography includes a summary
and/or evaluation of each of the
sources. Depending on your project or the assignment, your
annotations may do one or more of
Summarize: Some annotations merely summarize the source.
What are the main arguments?
What is the point of this book or article? What topics are
covered? If someone asked what this
article/book is about, what would you say? The length of
your annotations will determine how
detailed your summary is.
Assess: After summarizing a source, it may be helpful to
evaluate it. Is it a useful source?
How does it compare with other sources in your bibliography?
Is the information reliable? Is
this source biased or objective? What is the goal of this
Sample Annotated Bibliography
Entry (also from Owl Purdue):
Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and
Life. New York: Anchor Books,
Lamott’s book offers honest advice on the nature of a
writing life, complete with its
insecurities and failures. Taking a humorous approach to the
realities of being a writer, the
chapters in Lamott’s book are wry and anecdotal and offer
advice on everything from plot
development to jealousy, from perfectionism to struggling
with one’s own internal critic. In the
process, Lamott includes writing exercises designed to be
both productive and fun.
Lamott offers sane advice for those struggling with the
anxieties of writing, but her main
project seems to be offering the reader a reality check
regarding writing, publishing, and
struggling with one’s own imperfect humanity in the process.
Rather than a practical handbook to
producing and/or publishing, this text is indispensable
because of its honest perspective, its
down-to-earth humor, and its encouraging approach.
support young people with eating disorders?” Archives of Disease in Childhood 99.4 (2014). Academic OneFile. Web. 5 Nov. 2014.
Hay, Phillipa, and Mary Katsikitis. “Emotional responses to images of
food in adults with an eating disorder: A comparative study with healthy and
clinical controls.” Eating Behaviors
15.3 (2014): 371+. Academic OneFile.
Web. 5 Nov. 2014.
Puhl, Rebecca M., et al. “Setting policy priorities to address eating
disorders and weight stigma: views from the field of eating disorders and the
US general public.” BMC Public
Health 14 (2014): 524. Academic
OneFile. Web. 5 Nov. 2014.
Arthur. “Stigmatization Of And Discrimination Against People With Eating
Disorders Including A Report Of Two Nationwide Surveys.” European Eating Disorders Review 13.3
(2005): 147-152. Academic Search
Complete. Web. 5 Nov. 2014.
NATALIA, RAFAŁ PATRYN, and ANTONI NIEDZIELSKI. “Influence Of Mass Media On
Emergence Of Eating Disorders Amongst Young People.” Polish Journal Of
Public Health 123.4 (2013): 301-304. Academic Search Complete. Web. 5 Nov.