Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Annotated Bibliography

For the research you will use in your presentation, your group will create an annotated bibliography.
An annotated bibliography "is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) 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" (http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/skill28.htm#what)


The bibliography uses MLA format for citation of sources. Click on this link or refer to the Writer's Inc. book on how to properly cite your sources. Your group will be graded on the accuracy of your citations.

Your response to your citation should address the following questions (to the best of your ability). Your writing style should be scholarly, not in the first person, not a journal entry:
Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the book or article. Include one or more sentences that (a) evaluate the authority or background of the author, (b) comment on the intended audience, (c) compare or contrast this work with another you have cited, or (d) explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic. (http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/skill28.htm#process)


A sample annotated bibliography can be found here. Notice that this site refers to the need of writing in the present tense. A habit you MUST kick.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HAVING AT LEAST ONE SOURCE PER STUDENT IN YOUR GROUP AND AT LEAST TWO PRINT SOURCES. ALL OF YOUR SOURCES SHOULD BE "REPUTABLE" - If you have a question about this, see me.

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