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Graduate Student Library Resources (UNH Manchester): Writing Annot. Bibs and Abstracts

This guide is a brief, general introduction to the library resources available at UNH Manchester to help you successfully navigate your graduate education.

What is an abstract?

An abstract is a self-contained, short, and powerful statement that describes a larger work. Components vary according to discipline; an abstract of a social science or scientific work may contain the scope, purpose, results, and contents of the work. An abstract of a humanities work may contain the thesis, background, and conclusion of the larger work. An abstract is not a review, nor does it evaluate the work being abstracted. While it contains key words found in the larger work, the abstract is an original document rather than an excerpted passage.

Writing the Abstract

This video was developed for graduate students at University of Maryland University College although course specific (COMM 600) the information provided is applicable across disciplines.  

What is an annotated bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.