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M501 Proseminar in Music History

This guide will assist M501 students with finding resources they need for their research projects.

Annotated Bibliographies

  • An annotated bibliography is a list of sources on a particular topic. 
  • Each source appears as a properly formatted bibliography-style citation, followed by an annotation.
  • An annotation combines summary + analysis of the source, so that the reader has a clear idea of what the source covers, its strengths, weaknesses, and why/for what purposes the source should be consulted.
  • When writing your annotation, think about the role the source serves in your research project overall. Does it provide background information? Evidence? An argument? A rebuttal to an argument? A theoretical lens or framework? You may refer to the ways in which your source will serve a purpose for your research.