The Annotated Bibliography
The First Step in Writing the Proposal
After you have decided what you are going to write about, then you should research it on the internet and find some sites with real information about the topic. List at least five sites (with the URLS) in a Word document and write a brief description and assessment of each. Does it have good information? Does it have suspicious information? Is it from a good source or an unknown one? You can also use books, articles, and other sources.
How to Create an Annotated Bibliography
An Annotated Bibliography is just a list of sources that you have consulted regarding a specific project except that you also assess the value of the source in a brief paragraph afterwards. The list should be alphabetical. If there is no author or article title, you can just put the name of the website, the URL, and the date you accessed it.
Author, A. N. (if available), “Title of Named Article on Internet (if available),” Title of Website (if available), <http//:www.url.edu>, accessed Nov. 1, 2006.
This is an article that is exactly what I was looking for – it will supply me with the data I need to prove X. Also, since it is from a college website, it has a greater chance of being true than if it were in an advertisement. I will probably quote this article in my executive summary and conclusion.
“Better Article on Internet,” News Magazine Website, <http//: accessed Nov. 1, 2006.
This is also a useful article but there is no listed author and, since it is in news magazine that has a lot of ads, I know it won’t carry as much weight as an article by a specific author or expert. It has even more data than the first article, but I’m not sure I will use all of it. However, some of the illustrations are good.
Commercial Website, <http//: , accessed Nov. 1, 2006.
This is a store-type website that I am going to use in my proposal because it sells some things that my proposal requires. It also has images that I can use in the proposal. I will also use the prices listed in my budget section.
Johnson, C. S., “An Actual Paper Article,” In an Actual Book, City: Publisher, date.
I found in this book some authoritative data that I will need to use in my proposal. The book is about penguins and kangaroos and how they interact in urban situations. It is written by the leading expert in the field, and consequently quoting it will be good.