An annotated bibliography is a list of sources that presents the information in a specific bibliographic style (we are using MLA). Each bibliographic entry is followed by an annotation (frequently a paragraph, approximately 200 words) summarizing the content, evaluating the reliability and bias, locating it within the scholarly conversation, and commenting on its usefulness to your project.
Should you have questions, use pages 184-185 in your From Inquiry to Academic Writing as a guideline. Another good source about annotated bibliographies is https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/common_writing_assignments/annotated_bibliographies/index.html (Links to an external site.) which includes samples and examples.
Please write or meet with me if you have questions about this assignment or anything else related to the course.
What follows are some guidelines for completing this assignment.
Identify 3-5 keywords related to your research problem and question;
Research the keywords using appropriate university library databases;
Locate scholarly sources that examine problems and questions similar to your own;
Select the sources that you will annotate for this particular assignment (and use it during the rest of the semester).
You should find at least 8 scholarly sources. Your source selection should include the following:
At least 2 articles in academic journals (peer-reviewed)
One book or chapters in a book (university press or similar)
1 formal website page
The rest can be a combination of the above or other schoalrly sources
You also should actively read your sources:
You have hard copies of the articles, book chapters, reference entries, and websites you will use, OR you have them in PDF format;
You underline or highlight the texts (NOT in library books, though)
Make marginal notes for you:
You might want to prepare a reverse outline (to have a clearer idea of what each source is about)
Make the annotation IMMEDIATELY after you finished reading, so you do not forget the most important points in the source
Keep the reading strategies in mind that we’ve discussed over the course of the semester (i.e. reading introductions, topic sentences, and conclusions).
Do not leave everything to the last minute; an article might take more than two days to read carefully. From experience, some articles are not what you expected. Give yourself time to find other sources that might be more useful.
Part I: Create a Research Space (write this last, as an “introduction”)
Compose 1 (one) paragraph in which you do the following:
Offer some context for the sources you are including;
It should help me as a reader understand:
The problem and question that is guiding your research; and
How you are working to position your study within a scholarly conversation.
Part II: Bibliographic entries with annotations
Have one bibliographic entry for each source. Then, write each annotation to include the following elements:
The work’s thesis and key points
Written in the third person and present tense
An accurate representation of the ideas
The authority or background of the author
The possible bias of this source
Comparison with the rest of your sources (locate it within the conversation)
Usefulness for your project (what function it will have)
Your annotated bibliography should:
Organize alphabetically the bibliography entries with their annotations
Each bibliography entry should:
Be formatted according to MLA documentation practices
Have a hanging indentation (set at .5”)
Annotations should have a left indentation (set at .5”) with first-line offset another .5” in order to distinguish one entry from the next.
All the Annotated Bibliography should:
Be typed in Times New Roman, 12 pts, double-spaced without added space between paragraphs or entries
All margins have to be 1”.
Be written in a clear, precise, and engaging prose style.
Type of service-Academic paper writing
Type of assignment-Annotated bibliography
Pages / words-1 / 275
Number of sources-0
Academic level-Junior (College 3rd year)
Language style-US English