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American Women Writers Project

In this guide you will find lists of authors, books, and other digital and print resources to complete the English 11 American women writers project.

What is an Annotated Bibliography? (3:47)

Below are the most common types of annotated bibliographies:

  • Descriptive:  Annotation summarizes the content (e.g., the main idea, content, and plot) and explains its value to your research. When relevant to your research, concisely include the following information:

    • What is the purpose of this source? Is the author's intention to persuade, to inform, to analyze, to inform, or to argue for a point-of-view?

    • How did it help you understand your topic? How did you use it? Did its bibliography lead you to new sources?

  • Critical:  Annotation includes a description (see above), then evaluates the quality of your source related to others and the value of its information to your research.

    • What is missing or questionable?

    • Is there evidence of bias or distortion?

    • Are there errors or weaknesses?

    • How does this source fit with or compare to other sources used?

  • Combination: Uses a combination of some or all of the types mentioned above.


Sample MLA Annotated Bibliographies: 

How to Avoid Plagiarism LibGuide

How to Use This Guide
This LibGuide contains information and resources for faculty and students to learn about plagiarism and how to avoid it. Click on the tabs to find various resources that will help you understand what plagiarism means and tips on avoiding plagiarism. If you need help, please contact your teacher or Library Media Specialist. 
What is Plagiarism?
According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, to "plagiarize" means:
  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.

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