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Annotated Bibliography

This guide will help you understand annotated bibliographies which are lists of citations that includes a paragraph length annotation.

Descriptive/Informative Annotation

descriptive or informative annotated bibliography describes or summarizes the source, without evaluation. This description can include:

  • Main purpose of the source
  • Author's conclusions
  • Intended audience
  • Research methods
  • Features of the source such as charts or graphs

Coulam, R. F. (1977). Illusions of choice: The F-111 and the problem of weapons acquisition reform. Princeton University Press.

A pivotal study of the controversial Tactical Fighter Experiment (TFX) program (later called the F-111), an early effort of the 1960s to produce a multipurpose fighter that would be used by both the Air Force and Navy. Beset by numerous development problems, the program was eventually abandoned by the Navy; the Air Force decided to continue, but the difficulties persisted. Coulam's title aptly points up the fact that as aircraft development proceeds, a point of no return is reached, at which choices become minimal. Given the complex and ingrained nature of the weapons acquisitions process, prospects for reform, Coulam says, are doubtful unless the institutions involved in the process are changed.

Note:  When writing your citation, make sure it is a hanging indent where the second line is indented and matches up with the annotation.
Source: Pisano, D. A., Hardesty, V.D., & Fishbein, S. J. (1988). Aviation industry. In Pisano, D. A. & Lewis, C. S. (Eds.). Air and space history: An annotated bibliography (pp.285-286). Garland Pub.

Coulam, Robert F. Illusions of Choice: The F-111 and the Problem of Weapons Acquisition Reform. Princeton University Press, 1977.

A pivotal study of the controversial Tactical Fighter Experiment (TFX) program (later called the F-111), an early effort of the 1960s to produce a multipurpose fighter that would be used by both the Air Force and Navy. Beset by numerous development problems, the program was eventually abandoned by the Navy; the Air Force decided to continue, but the difficulties persisted. Coulam's title aptly points up the fact that as aircraft development proceeds, a point of no return is reached, at which choices become minimal. Given the complex and ingrained nature of the weapons acquisitions process, prospects for reform, Coulam says, are doubtful unless the institutions involved in the process are changed.

Note:  When writing your citation, make sure it is a hanging indent where the second line is indented and matches up with the annotation.
Source: Pisano, Dominick A., Hardesty, Von D., & Fishbein, Samuel J. "Aviation Industry."  Air and space history: An annotated bibliography, edited by Dominick A. Pisano and Cathleen S. Lewis, Garland Pub, 1988, pp.285-286.