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Annotated Bibliography

To help you read throughly and think critically about the sources you have found, you might need to do an Annotated List of Works Cited or Annotated Bibliography. Find sources in our library databases found here. Import your citation information from EasyBib and write a few sentences with comments on the sources. State the type of resource (book, journal article, primary source), the qualifications of the author, and the purpose of the source.

Descriptive or Analytical?
Descriptive Annotation - summarize the source (like an abstract) to let the reader know the information found there and why it is helpful.
Analytical Annotation - a critical evaluation that can include a summary, but can also be critical of the author or the material.

See more about types of Annotations here, from the University of Maryland libraries.

Start writing the annotation right after the period at the end of the citation, do not add a new paragraph or line. In EasyBib, you will simply hit the +Annotation button to write it, and EasyBib will format it for you. Then export it to Google docs, where you can continue to edit it.

Descriptive words to use:

  • contains
  • covers
  • addresses
  • explores
  • explains
  • argues
  • discusses
  • focuses
  • It might be helpful or required for you to put your Essential Questions at the top of the page. This will help you guide your reading. If a source doesn't help you answer questions, keep looking for a better source. If you have formatting or research questions, watch this video or ask your teacher or librarian for help.

    Below, Andrew Williams shares his Annotated Bibliography from Mrs. Immediata's World History class, examining the Soviet Experiment of the 20th Century.

    Annotated Bibliography

    Essential Question: As tensions between the United States and Soviet Union escalated, how was the Cold War fought between these two superpowers through the waging of proxy wars across the globe?


    "Background Essay." World History: The Modern Era. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 21 May 2014. http://worldhistory.abc-clio.com/Analyze/Display/1325620?sid=1325622&cid=11&terms=proxy+wars This article describes the "geopolitical chess game" between the Soviet Union and United States for control of newly-formed African nations. It also covers the Angolan Civil War and how it was a proxy war itself.

    Coerver, Don M. "Guatemalan Intervention: Cold War." World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society. ABC-CLIO,2014. Web. 21 May 2014. http://worldatwar.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/901884?terms=guatemalan+civil+war This article covers the Guatemalan Intervention of 1954, when the CIA organized a coup against the Communist regime of Jacobo Arbenz. It explains how the prevention of this Communist government was a major victory in the Cold War.

    Hentz, James J. "Africa: Cold War." World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 21 May 2014. http://worldatwar.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/1729571 This article covers Soviet and American influence in Africa as countries overthrew colonial powers and decided between communism and democracy. It also explains the Angolan civil war and its causes.

    Hitchens, Christopher. "Minority Report." Nation 241.1 (1985): 8.Points of View Reference Center. Web. 21 May 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=pwh&AN=12231581&site=pov-live This newspaper article provides an outlook into some of the views of the American people, who saw the Guatemalan Intervention as a dishonorable way to enforce American ideals, not to bring democracy to third world countries.

    Hough, Jerry F. "Why The Russians Invaded." Nation 230.8 (1980): 225. Points of View Reference Center. Web. 21 May 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=;AN=11145850&site=pov-live This article discusses why the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan and how it affected the Soviet government and the Russian people as a whole.

    "Korean War." World History: The Modern Era. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 20 May 2014. http://worldhistory.abc-clio.com/Analyze/Display/1325620?sid=309784&cid=18&terms=proxy+wars This article describes the events leading up to and during the Korean War, as the Soviet-backed Korean People's Army invaded South Korea, was pushed back into its territory, and then fought its way to a stalemate at the 38th parallel with the help of Chinese troops.

    Pederson, Vernon. "Greek Civil War." World History: The Modern Era. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 20 May 2014. http://worldhistory.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/309720?terms=proxy+wars This article describes the rise of the Soviet-backed Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and its civil war with United States- and British-backed nationalists. It also explains effects of the Greek Civil War, including the Truman Doctrine and a rivalry between the United States and Soviet Union.

    Pierpaoli, Paul G., Jr. "Cold War (Consequences)." World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 20 May 2014. http://worldatwar.abc-clio.com/Topics/Display/10?cid=93&sid=1504820&useConcept=False This introduction to the effects of the Cold War provides a definition of proxy wars and examples that were fought by the Soviet Union and the United States.

     

    For more explanation, see the Purdue OWL site and this page by the UNC Writing Center.

     

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