For this assignment, you will need to find at least five reputable sources that are about or from within an area of study that interests you and create a formal, evaluative annotated bibliography. You will be analyzing one of these sources, an article from a peer-reviewed journal, for your next essay.
Your sources should include at least one of each of the following:
An article from a scholarly (peer-reviewed) journal found in the Collin College Library databases
An online resource (NOT Wikipedia)
An article from a newspaper or popular magazine
Do your best to make sure that the sources you use are as credible as possible. Note that films should not be used as sources for this assignment, although documentaries would be an exception.
Your annotated bibliography should be about 3 pages. Each evaluative annotation should:
Be written in literary present tense (“is” instead of “was”)
Avoid using first person (“I”)
Be at least six sentences long
Summarize the content of the source — its angle or argument
Contain information about the author of the source and his or her credentials, if applicable
Specify the genre or type of writing of the source — newspaper article, scholarly journal article, and so on
Evaluate the source’s quality and/or credibility
These are the minimum requirements, but youll likely want to include additional information about your sources as well. Some information to consider including might be:
A description of what the source contains or covers, possibly including how it is organized
A description of the audience the author was addressing
A description of the bias or agenda of the source
An evaluation of the timeliness and quality of the source, possibly comparing it to other sources
A mention of any special features contained in the source, such as illustrations, indexes, and bibliographies
Comments about the author’s voice or style of writing and how it contributes to the quality and overall purpose of the source
The proper use of MLA format will be vital to succeeding with this assignment. The annotated bibliography will be formatted in much the same way as a standard works cited page. Each source should be listed alphabetically in accordance with MLA format. Make sure to use in-text citations in your annotations when necessary, especially when using sources with page numbers.
Your annotated bibliography should have an original, interesting title; “Annotated Bibliography” simply won’t do.
It should be double spaced and typed in 12-point Times New Roman font with one-inch margins on all sides, and it should not have a justified right margin.
Please be sure to submit your essay as a .docx file.
Your citations should be formatted with a hanging indent with annotations beginning on a new line after each. See the sample annotated bibliography in this module to get an idea of how your entries should be formatted.
No separate works cited page is needed.
Keep direct quotations to a minimum — aim for ten words or less per quotation. The idea here is for you to interpret the authors’ ideas and put them in your own words as much as possible.
Annotations should focus on what the sources say, not what they talk about. For example, instead of writing that an article “talks about” the negative effects of decriminalizing drugs, write what the article actually says about those negative effects; give examples and sum up main points. If you do this, your readers will have a better understanding of why the source is valuable, and your annotated bibliography will be a much better tool for you in the future.
Don’t forget to use signal phrases and parenthetical citations frequently when using information from your sources. It may seem unnecessary in an annotated bibliography, but the goal is to get you in the habit of doing it so you’re less likely to make mistakes in future essays.
If the credibility of any of your sources might be questionable to readers, be sure to include information in the annotation that explains why you chose to include that source. For example, an entry on a personal blog would be questionable, so you might explain that this particular blog was written by a professor at a well-known university or an executive of a company related to your topic.
Keep in mind that the goal here is to gather a good variety of sources that present different perspectives of your research topic. Avoid using several articles from one book or book series, online database, website, or other publication. The more varied your sources, the more broad your understanding of your topic is likely to become.