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Annotated Bibliography Instructions
An Annotated Bibliography is a list of sources on a specific topic that includes a summary of each source as well as a critical appraisal of the source. As you research your topic (the same topic you outlined in your Issue Proposal), you will develop a bibliography of relevant sources with annotations. Your final Annotated Bibliography should include annotations for at least 10 sources that represent multiple perspectives (at least three) on your issue. Only 1 source of the 10 can be an interview.
The list is compiled in alphabetical order using the appropriate citation format—in this case, Modern Language Association (MLA) style. Consult Wood and your handbook for directions for completing a bibliography in MLA style.
Each annotation should demonstrate that you have read the source critically.
Each annotation should also include the following:
1.MLA citation for the source,
2.A summary that demonstrates that you have read the source and understand the content,
3.A response to the text, and
4.A note about how you will use the information in your research.
Keep in mind that your sources must be current (typically published within the last two years), relevant, and credible as well as offer multiple perspectives on your issue. You must also provide concise, clear, thorough summaries, responses, and evaluations of your sources.
As you write your annotations, try to answer the following questions:
1.What kind of source is it—book, journal article, magazine article, newspaper, encyclopedia entry, database summary article, website (and what kind of website)?
2.Who is/are the author(s)? What are the author’s credentials? How does the author establish his or her authority to speak on this subject? Consider also the credibility of the publication outlet.
3.What kind of text (genre) is it—a news report, an editorial, a report of scientific research, a summary of a number of sources? What is the purpose of the text?
4.Who is the intended audience? Consider where the text is published, the degree of specialized knowledge needed to understand the text, how objective or argumentative the text is.
5.When was the text published? How does the publication date affect the relevance and usefulness of this source?
Begin by gathering at least 12-15 sources. Then use your critical evaluation skills to choose the 10 sources that will provide you with the fullest understanding of your topic.
Your FYW textbook, pgs 337-345, as well as your handbook have a great deal of information about evaluating and annotating sources. Please review this information carefully before beginning your Annotated Bibliography. There are also sample bibliographies in the course (Simply click on the "Sample Papers" tab just to the left to find them). For additional advice about compiling a bibliography, see the information provided by the Cornell University Library at http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/skill28.htm.
Attached please see samples of annotated bibliography required
Annotated Bibliography Instructions
An Annotated Bibliography is a list of sources on a specific topic that includes a summary of each source as well as a critical appraisal of the source. As you research your topic (the same topic you outlined in your Issue Proposal), you will develop a bibliography of relevant sources with annotations.