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20 August 2001
Stem Cell Research: An Annotated Bibliography
Holland, Suzanne. The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate: Science, Ethics, and Public
Policy. Boston: MIT Press, 2001. Print.
This is the annotation of the above source, which is formatted according to MLA 2009
ed.) guidelines for the bibliographic information listed above. If one were really
writing an annotation for this source, one would offer a brief summary of what this book
says about stem cell research.
After a brief summary, it would be appropriate to assess this source and offer some
criticisms of it. Does it seem like a reliable and current source Why Is the research
biased or objective Are the facts well documented Who is the author Is she qualified
in this subject Is this source scholarly, popular, some of both
The length of your annotation will depend on the assignment or on the purpose of your
annotated bibliography. After summarizing and assessing, you can now reflect on this
source. How does it fit into your research Is this a helpful resource Too scholarly Not
scholarly enough Too general/specific Since "stem cell research" is a very broad topic,
has this source helped you to narrow your topic
Senior, K. "Extending the Ethical Boundaries of Stem Cell Research."Trends in Molecular
Medicine 7 (2001): 5-6. Print.
Not all annotations have to be the same length. For example, this source is a very short
scholarly article. It may only take a sentence or two to summarize. Even if you are using
a book, you should only focus on the sections that relate to your topic.
Not all annotated bibliographies assess and reflect; some merely summarize. That may
not be the most helpful for you, but, if this is an assignment, you should always ask your
instructor for specific guidelines.
Wallace, Kelly. "Bush Stands Pat on Stem Cell Policy." CNN. 13 August 2001. 17 August
Using a variety of sources can help give you a broader picture of what is being said
about your topic. You may want to investigate how scholarly sources are treating this
topic differently than more popular sources. But again, if your assignment is to only use
scholarly sources, then you will probably want to avoid magazines and popular web sites.