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Myths and the Salem Witch Trials

STEP TWO: SCHOLARLY ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY Minimum length for annotated bibliography: 7 entries; 5 pages (double spaced). You're free to use more sources and/or more pages. Please note: This minimum length of 7 sources counts only scholarly sources, not popular ones. Want to include some popular sources as well? Read below. Before beginning the annotated bibliography, read Chapter 6 in Krause. Even if you have prior experience preparing an annotated bibliography, you ought to at least skim and review these readings to refresh yourself. What I am asking you to submit as an annotated bibliography is a little bit different from the exact form provided by Krause. Krause primarily discusses the annotated bibliography as a tool for keeping track of your research and deciding on your final list of sources. This is a good idea and you should consider doing it for your own sources. But what you'll be submitting to me is an annotated bibliography of sources that you've already narrowed down—ones you're reasonably sure you'll have a use for in your essays. So: first look at a good-sized body of promising candidate sources. At this stage, it may help you to make basic annotations such as Krause suggests. Narrow them down to seven (or more) that you're pretty sure will be useful in your essay, and then make a formal annotated bibliography with more detailed annotations. In addition to basic information about the credibility of the sources, these annotations should include more details on the relevant content of the sources, and more detailed ideas for how they might work in your essay(s). Essentially, you should treat your annotated bibliography entries as a chance to start brainstorming/ “thinking out loud” about your potential use of the sources. This doesn't mean you're committing to anything—you're free to revise your thinking (or even switch sources) later if you need to. You'll probably want to begin by looking for the following sorts of sources:  Scholarship about the mythic narratives or themes, and/or scholarship about the general categories into which they fall (e.g.: hero myths, creation myths, dark fantasy, crime drama... whatever!). ◦ It may be that you end up choosing a topic about which not much has been written. This doesn't mean that there's no scholarship you can use—it just means you'll be the first to tie it together with the study of the topic in question! For example, a student who wanted to write about the movie The Princess Bride found that no scholarly work had been done about it. What ended up working for her was choosing a particular theme from the movie (love and self-sacrifice) and finding scholarship about that theme in psychological/sociological sources, even though they didn't talk about Princess Bride.  Sociological sources on the present-day society or community issue(s) to which the themes are relevant. ◦ The same sorts of disclaimers apply here as they do above: more niche communities or issues may not have a lot written about them, but you can usually find information on their antecedents and analogues. For example, even if you can't find resources about a specific neighborhood or small town, you ought to be able to find writing about those sorts of urban neighborhoods, or Midwestern small towns, etc., that will help you place your analysis in context.  Any historical background on the community, narratives, and/or mythic themes that help place them in context. If your mythic themes are hundreds or thousands of years old, what sorts of culture or society did they arise in, and how has their use or relevance changed in the intervening time? If your the story or community is a modern one, what are its cultural or literary "ancestors"? Wherever possible, avoid using sources that simply aggregate commonly known information. This means you should avoid using encyclopedias (including Wikipedia), dictionaries, or generic information websites such as ask.com or about.com as sources, even “popular” sources! The exception to this is if you are specifically making a point about how these sources treat a subject--e.g., showing how Wikipedia, etc., present a particular view of your topic. Otherwise, there should always be a better place to cite a particular bit of information, even if you first learn about it from one of these sources. Q: What exactly does “scholarly” mean? Does a scholarly source need to be peer-reviewed? A: While publication in a peer-reviewed journal is one of the more common ways of establishing something as a scholarly source, there may be alternative qualifications. For example, if a book written by a researcher passes through the editors at an academic press and gets published, it's unquestionably a scholarly source, even if it may never have been technically peer-reviewed. When in doubt, the librarians can help you. Q: Can you use more than seven scholarly sources, or have more in your annotated bibliography? A: Yes, by all means! I encourage it. All else being equal, essays that use a higher number of scholarly sources tend to be of higher quality (though it's not a strict cause-and-effect relationship). Q: Do you need to use the exact same sources on your essays as you do in the annotated bibliography? A: No, you don't. If you find more sources you want to use later, you can add them. You don't need to ask permission from me, and you don't need to write a new annotated bibliography. If you want to drop some sources from your essay, you can do so, but you must end up with at least seven scholarly sources (adding new ones if necessary to make up the difference). Q: What about popular sources? A: You're welcome to use any number of popular sources in your project, in addition to the required minimum of scholarly sources. You don't need to include them in your annotated bibliography, but if you do, please put them in a separate section after all the scholarly sources. Of course, all sources that you use must be properly cited on the final essay. Q: What if you can't find the required number of scholarly sources, or you're not sure what's a scholarly source? A: Visit Miller Nichols Library, or call/email in, and talk to the research librarians ASAP! Lay your problem out for them, and they can help—they will likely know database searching tips that aren't familiar to you, or otherwise be able to think of things that you haven't.
STEP TWO: SCHOLARLY ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY Minimum length for annotated bibliography: 7 entries; 5 pages (double spaced). You're free to use more sources and/or more pages. Please note: This minimum length of 7 sources counts only scholarly sources, not popular ones. Want to include some popular sources as well? Read below. Before beginning the annotated bibliography, read Chapter 6 in Krause.
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