ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY ASSIGNMENT Approx. 1500 words, 12-point font, double-spaced, with normal margins and proper heading “An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.” -Dr. Michael Engle, Cornell University. When entering into any argument or research-based writing assignment, it is necessary to first determine which sources you will be working with, and how these sources relate to the subject you are examining. An annotated bibliography is essentially an expanded works-cited list in which you provide an overview of the sources you will use for a longer writing project. This assignment is essentially a precursor to a larger argumentative research paper you will be writing later on in the semester. For your annotated bibliography, you will take a deeper dive into the subject you started exploring in your text analysis essay by locating, summarizing, and evaluating five reliable sources, and then writing a synthesis that demonstrates how the sources fit together. In the process, you will further your understanding of how to use library resources and assess the reliability of a source. You should strive to engage with a range of different perspectives, and draw from both fact- based sources and more theoretical or opinion-based materials. For your annotated bibliography, you must: ● Begin with a brief (~1 paragraph) statement outlining your topic and stating 1-3 research questions stating the main objectives of your research (ie: things you hope you discover about this subject). • Include annotations of least five sources, each following the correct format for writing annotations in MLA. Of these, at least two should be fact-based (from periodicals, historical documents, or history records), and at least two should be opinion based, examining various scholars’ perspectives of the event or place. These sources should be varied, and representing different perspectives on the subject at hand. For each source you should: ▪ Provide an MLA-style works cited entry. ▪ Provide a 100-300 word annotation. ▪ Write a summary of the source in present tense. Your summary must be accurate, fair, and in your own words. ▪ Use signal phrases to indicate where you are referring to someone else’s ideas. ▪ Use quotation marks around any exact words or phrases. Rough Draft due Thursday, 6/29 by 11:59 PM Cheshire EN 102 ▪ If the source has page numbers, use parenthetical citations to indicate where your readers can find summarized, paraphrased, or quoted information. ▪ Provide a brief analyze of the source, evaluating the source’s relevance and appropriateness for your topic and explaining how you plan to use it in a future essay. • Include a 250-300 word “synthesis” at the end. • In the synthesis section, write 2-3 paragraphs (300-500 words). Summarizing the conversation about your topic. To do this: o Identify the different perspectives on the topic. How do your sources represent these perspectives or viewpoints? o Identify whether your sources represent more than one point of view. Note: If your sources do not present more than one point of view, you may need to do more research in the next module to locate additional perspectives. • Explain how you might enter into a larger argumentative conversation based on your research. To do this: o Explain any gaps in your research or in the conversations that you have found. Explain how you might fill in the gaps, either through further research or by contributing your own views. o Explain how you think you might use your research to make an argument about this topic (ie: knowing what you know now about the subject matter, what do you have to say? In picking your sources, consider: ~ Authorship: Who is documenting history here? How might the author’s own background & identity inform how he/ she represents this space? How can you provide readers with as in-depth an understanding of this space as possible, while staying on topic? ~Relevance: be intentional about which sources you choose. not all sources you find will be the best sources to use. Don’t just go with the first six you stumble across; make sure each one is relevant to your research objectives.