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Research Starter - THEA 332: Where to Begin?

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Be strategic in your searches!  Brainstorm people, ideas, and works that are related to, influenced by, or created by your subject.  The more different terms you use in your searches, the more varying results you will discover.  Below are just a few ideas to help you get started.  Learn all you can about your subject so you can search effectively.


An annotated bibliography, simply put, is a list of potential resources about your topic with notes of explanation. The list includes a properly formatted citation for each resource and each entry includes a brief blurb explaining why this source would be helpful to your research. 

Formatting your Annotated Bibliography

  • The bibliography should be single-spaced with one-inch margins. 
  • Choose a readable, readily available font such as Times New Roman, 12 point font.
  • The first page will be your title page.  See this example.
  • Label the next page as Bibliography; this title should be center-aligned and bold.
  • Leave two blank lines between the title and the first entry (or, in other words, enter down three times).
  • All bibliographic entries should be in alphabetical order by author and should have a hanging indent.
  • Add full-sentence annotations on a new line directly after the bibliographic entry, indented from the left margin.
  • There should be one blank line between the end of the previous entry and annotation and the next entry. 
  • See the image below for an example of an Annotated Bibliography.