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Annotated Bibliography, Example 1

Annotation Style: Begins on New Line
Citation Style: APA

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Bielawski, L., & Parks, A.F. (1987). Organizational writing. Belmont: Wadsworth Publishing Company.

Organizational Writing is designed to present practical information on the writing process and to provide descriptions on several types of writing situations that a business writer is likely to encounter. Chapters 1-4 guide the writer through the writing process from analyzing business situations, to prewriting and planning to the final steps in composition. The book includes descriptions of several types of business writing situations, including sales letters, long reports, proposals, feasibility reports and oral presentations.

The book’s organization is definitely one of its strong points. Although it has much material to cover, it does so clearly without confusing students. However, it was disappointing to find out that Organizational Writing lacks sufficient information on one of the most important business writing assignments for college students - the case analysis.

Overall, Organizational Writing is effective and comprehensive for both business students and employees and proved to be a vital asset in my business writing research. It presented practical information that is organized in a way that is easy for business students and employees to understand. Although the book lacks information on one important business assignment, the case analysis, the wealth of information that it includes on other business writing situations makes it a worthy investment for any business writer.

Discussion of Annotation:

The annotation written for the source listed above is a lengthy annotation which focuses on all four points mentioned in the general information section of this packet – it identifies the focus of the book; it describes the usefulness of the source to its intended researcher and/or audience, it evaluates the conclusions or reliability of the source and it records the reader’s reactions to the source.

In this case, the first part of the annotation gives a brief summary that describes the focus of the work. Strengths and weaknesses of the source are contained in the second paragraph of the annotation. After giving a summary and criticisms, an estimation of the source’s value to the author’s research is made. In this third paragraph, the usefulness of the source is determined and the author’s personal reactions to it are mentioned.

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