Annotated Bibliography Instructions (50 points)
A bibliography is a list of sources (books, journals, Web sites, periodicals, etc.) one has used for researching a topic. Bibliographies are sometimes called “References” or “Works Cited” depending on the style format you are using. A bibliography usually just includes the bibliographic information (i.e., the author, title, publisher, etc.).
An annotation is a summary and evaluation. Therefore, an annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources. Depending on your project or the assignment, your annotations may do one or more of the following:
Summarize (2-3 sentences; length varies depending on source length): Some annotations merely summarize the source. What are the main arguments? What is the point of this book or article? What topics are covered? If someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say?
Assess (3 sentences): After summarizing a source, it may be helpful to evaluate it. If this is an informative source, does it have accuracy? Fair interpretation of information? Significance? If it is a persuasive text, does it have clearly defined terms? Fair use of information? Logic?
Reflect (1-2 sentences): Once you’ve summarized and assessed a source, you need to ask how it fits into your research. How does it help you shape your argument? How can you use this source in your research project?
*When composing an annotation, use concise language. The annotation is a quick overview with an evaluation, so specific details are not the focus here. When formatting an annotated bibliography, create a standard MLA works cited page then after each source, provide your annotation (see example).
For your annotated bibliography…
You will need to find a minimum of six sources that you plan to use for your research on Assignment 2. Be sure that your sources meet the minimum requirements for the assigned essay: two sources (at least) should be from the databases and at least one source should be a print source (a physical resource). Also remember, you may not use more than two open web sources.
How do I start my annotated bibliography?
Find six sources that you are interested in using for your research paper. Be sure to have a combination of different source types. Employ the OCC research databases among your search methods.
Read and annotate your source material. Take the time to actually read the sources you’ve chosen. As you read, make comments in the margin, highlight passages that seem meaningful/that may support your argument.
Format the annotated bibliography. I’ve provided an example for you in the content folder, but an annotated bibliography looks like a big, well-developed works cited page. Start your document by providing an MLA heading, a title, and page numbers (see page 100 in KEYS for an example on how to head an MLA essay). You can title the document Annotated Bibliography for (subject of your paper), but be sure to fill in the subject of your paper in the parenthetical.
Works cited pages are in alphabetical order, so begin typing your annotated bibliography by creating your MLA works cited entry for the first source (alphabetically).
After you’ve typed the work cited entry, develop your annotations. This is a short paragraph of about six sentences (see instructions above on how to develop the annotation).
When you’ve completed your annotation, hit enter one time and begin the next source alphabetically by typing the work cited entry for that source.
When you are done, be sure to proofread your annotations for typos. Be sure that the entries are in alphabetical order. Be sure that you have presented six different sources.
Save your document and submit to the correct dropbox before the deadline.
You will be graded on the following elements:
MLA Format: Pagination, Header, Spacing, Title, Hanging Indent, Alphabetical Order
Bibliographical Entry: Title Treatments (did you put quotation marks around article titles and italicize book and database titles?), Correct Entry Format, Accurate Information, Punctuation
Annotation: Development of Summary, Assessment, Reflection, Demonstrates Understanding of Purpose/Credibility based on instructions provided
Minimum Requirements Met:minimum number of sources present, proofread/no typos, typed