Life in America: The Reagan Years, A Webography

Webography 101:
A Very Short Introduction to Bibliographies on the Internet

A webography (aka webliography) offers contemporary college students a new spin on an old classic: the annotated bibliography.  Even if you have never heard the phrase “annotated bibliography,” most (if not all) of you have certainly compiled a bibliography for a research project.  But you may not yet have been asked to compile and create an annotated bibliography.  So, let’s begin by reviewing terms with which you probably are familiar:

                    A bibliography is a list of sources (books, journals, websites, periodicals, etc.) one has used for researching a topic. A bibliography usually                     just includes the bibliographic information (i.e., the author, title, publisher, etc.).

                    An annotation is a summary and/or evaluation.

When we put these two terms together, then, we arrive at the following definition of “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. 

Like the classic annotated bibliography, the webography/webliography offers readers a list of citations and accompanying annotations to source materials related to a given topic.  However, unlike the classic annotated bibliography (which can include both library and non-library resources), the webography/webliography only includes online resources (i.e., webpages).  Thus, as authors for Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia explain, a webography “is a list of websites that pertain to a given topic. A webography is much like a bibliography, but is limited to a collection of online resources rather than books and academic journals.”

Sources:  Stacks, Geoff and Erin Karper.  “Annotated Bibliographies.”  Online Writing Lab @ Purdue University.  Purdue University.  July 2001.  Web.  4 May 2006.

Webography.”  Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.  18 Dec. 2010.  Web.  2 Jan. 2011.

To view a copy of  Dr. Diehl's Webography Assignment Sheet, please click HERE.

Some Sample Webographies

Western Civilization Webography:  Hosted by the Center for History and New Media, this project "provides student reviews of websites related to the history of Western Civilization";  the site provides a searchable database of the entries based on topics/time periods, areas (i.e., regions, locations), and type of resource (i.e., text, images, audio, etc.).

Teacher Oz's Kingdom of History:  Hosted by the History Department at SUNY Cortland, this site provides viewers a list of resources geared primarily toward budding social studies teachers. 

John Marshall Webliograhpy:  Conceived as "an interactive work in progress," the John Marshall Webliography provides fully searchable bibliographic citations for works by and about John Marshall. 

The Adult Education Teacher's Annotated Webliography:  "Begun by adult literacy/basic education/ESOL educators in the Boston area in the Spring of 1996," this site contains reviews of web resources related to the topic of adult education.  Maintained and edited by Dr. David J. Rosen, Director of the Adult Literacy Resource Institute, the Greater Boston Regional Support Center of the Massachusetts System for Adult Basic Education Support, this site is organized topically (e.g., Student and Teacher Resources, ESOL, Grants Information, etc.) and very easy to navigate.