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Sociology: Style Guides

Annotated Bibliographies

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations followed by a descriptive summary and evaluation. Sometimes the annotation will reflect the applicability of the source to the needs of the researcher. The purpose of this type of bibliography is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.

Example #1
Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis:  The Story of a Childhood. New York: Pantheon Books, 2003.

A graphic memoir that depicts in language and black and white drawings the experience of one woman in Iran during the revolution (1978), when the Shah of Iran (who some saw as a puppet of the west) was overthrown and an Islamic Republic was created. The memoir also depicts the author (and her family’s) experiences during the Iran-Iraq war. The book captures a dual perspective of a child and an adult on the radical transformation of her country, with its drawings often reflecting how children view trauma, violence and change.

Example written by Nancy Barry.

Example #2
Gurko, Leo. Ernest Hemingway and the Pursuit of Heroism. New York: Crowell, 1968.

This book is part of a series called "Twentieth Century American Writers": a Brief Introduction to the Man and his Work. After fifty pages of straight biography, Gurko discussed Hemingway's writing, novel by novel. There's an index and a short bibliography, but no notes. The biographical part is clear and easy to read, but it sounds too much like a summary.

Example borrowed from the Writing Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Style Guides

Articles written for sociological research often use ASA, MLA, or APA style. ASA style is closely related to CMS.

Annotated Bibliography Links and Examples

The guides linked below offer instruction for writing annotated bibliographies.

Subject Guide

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Citation Management

There are many ways to keep track of citations for research, including file management tools in many of our databases. Here are some other helpful tools.

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