Step 3: Evaluate the source Here’s your chance to write a brief paragraph or two to tell readers what you think of the source and how it fits into your own research.
I’m sure you’re saying, “Give me one good reason why I should write an annotated bibliography.” I’ll do better than that. This means you’ll need to take the time to read it carefully.
You can’t just find a source and add it to the list without reading it.
Imagine you’re on page 5 of your research essay, and you remember reading the perfect quote about binge drinking in…um…well, you read it in one of your sources, somewhere.
Unless you have some magic fairy dust to help remember everything you’ve read, you’ll likely spend 25 minutes looking for that perfect quote.