Annotated Bibliography Assignment
Gather at least five sources on your topic. Two of these sources must come from academic
journals (peer-reviewed, scholarly, found using GALILEO), but the others may come
from credible newspapers and magazines. One of the sources may be chosen from a website,
but this site should be from a reliable organization like The Associated Press or
the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Articles from GALILEO databases are not considered
internet sources. Read and reread each source carefully.
Once you have selected your sources and read them carefully, write annotations for each. Each annotation should . . .
- Include a brief summary of the source.
- Evaluate the source and its use in your research.
- Discuss relation of the source to your other sources. Consider whether sources agree or disagree with/contradict each other.
- Comment on the source’s reliability.
Write citations in MLA, 9th edition, format. Summarize the articles using your own
words. List your entries alphabetically and check them carefully for mistakes in MLA
Here are two sample annotations: link.
Conclusion, 150-200 words
Remember to properly cite any information from your sources that you use in your introduction and conclusion. Be sure that your summaries are very different from the abstracts of the articles you have read.
Follow MLA format. Use black Calibri or Times New Roman font in size 12. Double-space the entire document. Use 1-inch margins on all sides.
Criteria for Success
- The writing is clear and coherent/makes sense.
- The tone and language are appropriate for the audience.
- The writer has gone through the entire writing process, revising substantially and thoughtfully.
- The writing adheres to grammar and punctuation rules.
In the introduction, you should . . .
- Present your research topic.
- Clarify why this topic matters and is worth researching.
- Ensure your introduction is 150-200 words.
In the source discussion section, you should . . .
- Include at least five scholarly sources from reliable sources.
- Alphabetize your entries.
- Ensure each annotation includes complete and accurate works cited information following MLA format.
- Briefly summarize each source.
- Ensure each annotation contains an explanation of how the source will be used in your research project.
- Note difference of opinions among sources.
- Comment on the reliability of each source.
- Ensure annotations are in your own words, not copied from abstracts or the source itself.
- Ensure each annotation is 150-200 words.
In the conclusion, you should . . .
- Detail the most important contributions your sources make to your research topic.
- Include a discussion of what your review of your sources has demonstrated about your research topic.
- Identify your preliminary thesis.
- Identify new questions that have arisen as a result of your research.
- Discuss sources (in addition to those listed in your discussion) you still need to ﬁnd.
- Identify any possible conclusions to your questions that you foresee.
The annotated bibliography should adhere to all formatting criteria:
- Follow MLA format for all citations.
- The entire document should be double-spaced.
- The font should be Calibri or Times New Roman in size 12.
- The margins should be one inch on all sides.
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