The Annotated Bibliography assignment provides the opportunity for you to research your topic. For this assignment, you will write an annotated bibliography that lists and summarizes potential sources that you will use in future class assignments. Chapters 19-23 from Everyone’s an Author and R-1-R-4 sections (pages 90-107) from The Little Seagull Handbook will help you complete this assignment. The section on MLA beginning on page 119 in The Little Seagull Handbook will also help you complete this assignment.
What is an Annotated Bibliography? How should I begin working on the annotated bibliography?
By now, you have selected an approved topic based on reading Oryx and Crake. As part of the research and writing process, you will be creating an Annotated Bibliography based on your approved topic. An Annotated Bibliography helps a researcher keep track of sources that are possible for use within the writing.
The Annotated Bibliography includes all possible sources…..not just the sources actually used for an assignment or paper. For example, your Annotated Bibliography may have 15 sources on it, but you may decide to only use 10 of the sources for your writing because once you thoroughly investigated the sources you found out the others weren’t as connected to your topic as you had originally thought.
Elements of an Annotated Bibliography
1.Heading in MLA format.
2.Title used: Annotated Bibliography.
3.Page numbers should be on the page if you have more than one page.
4.Double line spacing throughout.
5.Complete Works Cited entry information in MLA format (make sure to put it in alphabetical order).
6.A brief paragraph summarizing the source and describing why you think the source may be helpful for future assignments. (i.e. When you briefly look over it, what stands out to you that you think might be helpful?)
DO NOT copy/paste an abstract from a source. This is not appropriate for many reasons but mainly because doing so means 1) You are cheating/plagiarizing by using someone else’s words for your work and 2) you are not fulfilling the purpose of the assignment, which is to note how a source could be helpful for your research.
You must have 10 entries from trusted scholarly sources. The sources can be from multiple-modalities (i.e. a traditional print book, an online scholarly journal article, a published image, videos, interviews, etc.). Use MLA format to document your sources. Chapter 18 from Writing Matters covers MLA documentation style.
Annotated entries will include the information required for a works cited entry AND a brief description of the text that will provide the following information:
•Main idea of article and purpose
•Writing style (vocabulary, sentence structure, etc.)
•Audience (Who was the article written for?)
•Special features of article (images, charts, graphs, etc.)
•Usefulness for further research (Is this an article you could potentially use for your writing?)
Sample Annotated Bibliography Entry
Bhabha, Homi K. The Location of Culture. New York: Routledge, 2004. Print.
An interesting understanding of how we produce culture through the principle of cultural hybridity. Bhabha provides examples and definitions of the concepts of mimicry, interstice, hybridity, and liminality. All of his ideas are under the umbrella of postcolonial theory. Since I am writing about “The Man to Send Rain Clouds”, I am particularly interested in Bhabha’s ideas about hybridity because the Native Americans are struggling to keep their cultural traditions while constantly intersecting with the Preacher and his cultural traditions