Annotated Bibliography

This assignment will prod you into doing some research on your final argumentative essay.

An annotated bibliography is a list of references with brief descriptive or evaluative summaries.  They are usually used to provide readers with some general information regarding the sources included in an author’s article or book.  The annotation of the source text allows other readers to “check” an author’s sources or gives them a quick idea of whether or not the sources could be useful in their own research.

For your purposes in this class, the annotated bibliography will help you thoroughly research your chosen topic and decide how you might use these different sources in your researched argumentative essay.

The Assignment:

You are encouraged to find as much information as possible to help you with the development and support of your paper.  However, you should cap the amount of material at 25 items because you still have to read all of the material you find.  Remember, part of the purpose of this assignment is to thoroughly research your topic, which means that your bibliography should have material to support your side as well as information regarding other perspectives on the issue (and many issues have several “sides” to them).

Your bibliography must contain 10 entries, but it may have more if you wish.  Remember, you must use at least 5 sources from your annotated bibliography for your paper, but you may use all of them if you wish.  Also, as per the instructions on the researched argument prompt, you must include sources from at least 3 different source types and at least 4 of your sources must be “hard copies”.  In other words, these sources should be books, scholarly/professional journal articles, government documents, or “high level” newspapers/magazines.  If you get an article from an online search database, like EBSCOhost or ProQuest, or the online version of a print periodical, The Tri-City Herald online, that article counts as a hard copy article.  Once you fulfill the 4 “hard copy” sources requirement then you may use other sources including internet, video/audio, interviews, etc.

For every source please include:

  • An MLA works cited entry, double-spaced.
  • Followed by a short summary (annotation) of the source, single-spaced (usually 3-4 sentences).
  • This summary must also include an indication of how this source could/will fit into your argumentative essay (this should only be a sentence).

Of course, your bibliography must be arranged in alphabetical order.  Also, if you find another source to use after you have turned in your annotated bibliography then you must type up another entry and annotation to turn in with your researched argument.

Here are some examples (Take note that the annotations should be indented so they are even with the second line of the entries):

Bruffee, Kenneth A.  “Collaborative Learning and the Conversation of Mankind.”

            College English, vol. 46, no. 3, 1984, pp. 635-52.

Reviews the historical and theoretical basis for collaborative learning from its origins in England during the 1950s to its inclusion in American universities as an alternative to the traditional form of classroom instruction.  Connects collaborative learning’s theoretical foundations to the functions of conversation according to Michael Okenshott.  The act of conversing is seen as an essential step in the process of externalizing one’s thoughts by way of writing.  Bruffee’s collaborative learning attempts to use conversation within the classroom in order to make students into effective writers in the academic discourse community.

Fantasy and Horror:  A Critical and Historical Guide to Literature, Illustration, Film,

            TV, Radio, and the Internet,  Edited by Neil Barron, Scarecrow, 1999.

The development of the fantasy and horror genres is detailed through several chapters.  The historical roots of fantasy are quickly surveyed beginning with its origins in Greek myth, Arthurian legend and the romantic tales of the Middle Ages.  The survey continues into the dark fantasies of the nineteenth century through the psychological ones of the early twentieth and into the current “sword and sorcery” style of the genre.  Each section concludes with a list of the major texts and authors of the era.  All texts include a short annotation and a brief description of the author.

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