An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, etc. that includes a brief summary or description (annotation) of each reading and discusses its relevance to the current project or assignment. Annotations are descriptive, yet succinct, and should show a critical understanding of the authors main points along with the readers assessment of the content provided.
For example, an article on Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater could be read and analyzed for its usefulness in articulating preservation practices for historic homes. Or, a book on the history of Rome, could be noted for its discussion of the urban planning of the city and used to argue the readers decision for the placement of a new building.
Basically the annotated bibliography shows that you have read and understood the selected readings and have applied what you have learned from them to your current project.
Annotations should be succinct, not more than 150 words, and not just summarize the work but show that you have learned from it and applied it to your project.
To create an annotated bibliography follow these steps:
To find sources search the Rome Library Catalog and the Avery Index:
Searching the Catalog
Keyword is the easiest and most flexible way to search the library catalog. It searches words in all fields of the catalog record: title, author, publisher, notes, etc. If you have the name of an architect, that is your first keyword.
Word searching combines words using connectors such as AND , OR , and AND NOT. Use the * as a wild card.
Keyword frank lloyd wright AND fallingwater
Importing citations from the Rome Library Catalog:
The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals indexes more than 2,000 periodicals published worldwide on architecture, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation, urban planning, and landscape architecture. Coverage is from the 1930s (with selective coverage dating back to the 1740s) to the present. The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals is updated daily. It is the most important database for every aspect of Architecture. There is no need to ever use the term 'architecture' in your searches.
Enter your keywords as 'anywhere' and press search. If you are searching an architect use the last name of the architec and the city the building is in.
Importing citations from Avery:
Analyzing sources involves critically assessing your sources for validity, content, and usefullness for your particular project. Analysis can be summaries and/or evaluations of a particular reading.
Refworks - RefWorks is a web-based tool that allows users to create personalized databases of citations from which you can create bibliographies and format papers in hundreds of different citation styles in seconds. ND students, staff and faculty can create a free RefWorks account that will allow access to their personal database from anywhere with an Internet connection. For help with using Refworks visit Citing References at ND.
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