ENG 101: Annotated Bibliography Directions

ENG 101: Annotated Bibliography Directions

Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography

ENG 101: Annotated Bibliography Directions

Based on the THREE articles you found during Discussion Forum 1.2, construct an Annotated Bibliography. Before you begin building your document, you should have reviewed the online learning resources (video and example).

Keep in mind: This is just PRACTICE. You will not be using these articles in any paper in English 101.

This week’s unit on research and writing an annotated bibliography serves two purposes:

1. Helps you better understand the research process using the GMC Library

2. Teaches you how to analyze a source and break it apart for use in a paper (or, in this case, a practice annotated bibliography)

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is a list of sources you are considering using in a formal research paper. Remember, this one is PRACTICE, but it does count for a grade. Each source listed will have two parts: a citation and an annotation. A citation contains the publication information for the source and tells how and/or where you found it.

Sample MLA citation:

Farhi, Paul. “There Is No Significant Media Bias.” Mass Media. Ed. Margaret Haerens and Lynn M. Zott. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2014. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from “How Biased Are the Media, Really?” Washington Post 27 Apr. 2012. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 6 Mar. 2016.

These citations should be the same ones you copied/pasted from the Opposing Viewpoints database during Discussion Forum 1.2.

An annotation is a short summary of the source followed by a critical assessment of it. Summarize the points that are most relevant to your topic. Then assess the source’s ethos (credibility). Does this source come from a scholarly journal? Is the author an expert in his or her field? If the source seems less credible, then what has convinced you to use it? Does the source prove a specific point in your paper, or are you arguing against the article? Finally, explain how this source relates to your other sources (Is it saying the same thing? Is it arguing against your other sources?) and how you plan to use it (Are you relying on it mostly for certain information, and if so what information is that? How will this article help you?).

How long should my annotations be?

Each annotation should be 5-8 sentences in length. Some annotations will be longer either because the source you are annotating is longer, or because that source is more important to your paper and thus requires more careful analysis.

What should my annotated bibliography look like?

Your annotated bib should be in typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, and should be in MLA format complete with a header, page numbers, etc. Where you would usually list the title of your research paper, you should write the tentative title of your paper, then “Annotated Bibliography.” A more specific title might be: “An Analysis of Media Bias: Annotated Bibliography”. There is an example Annotated Bibliography posted under the online learning resources for this week.

When you have finished your Annotated Bibliography, please upload it to the Turnitin link at the bottom of Week 1 by 11:59pm on Sunday. Your Annotated Bibliography counts as 2% of your overall grade in the class, and it will be assessed with the following rubric:


    Assessment Rubric for Annotated Bibliography    
CATEGORY   A   B   C   D   F
Quantity of   Document   Document is   Document is   Document is   Document is
    cites the   either one   two to three   four to five   more than
    number of   source over   sources over   sources over   five sources
    sources   or under the   or under the   or under the   over or under
    outlined in   required   required   required   the number of
20 pts.   the   number of   number of   number of   required
    assignment.   sources.   sources.   sources.   sources.
Quality   All sources   Most   Some sources   Few sources   Little or no
/Reliability of          
Sources   cited can be   sources   can be   cited can be   reliable
    considered   cited can be   considered   considered   and/or
    reliable   considered   reliable   reliable   trustworthy
30 pts.   and/or   reliable   and/or   and/or   sources cited.
    trustworthy.   and/or   trustworthy.   trustworthy.    
Writing   All     Some   Most   All
fluency of     Most      
annotations   annotations   annotations   annotations   annotations   annotations
    are   are   are well   are lacking in   are lacking in
25 pts.   thoughtful,   thoughtful,   written but   completeness,   completeness,
    complete,   complete,   some are   thought,   thought,
    and well   and well   lacking in   and/or   and/or
    written.   written.   completeness,   writing   writing
            thought, and   quality.   quality.
            /or writing        
and   Citations   There are a   There are   There are   There is little
MLA Format   are   few   some   many and/or   or no
    formatted   formatting   formatting   frequent   adherence to
    correctly in   errors in the   errors in the   formatting   MLA format
    the   document’s   document’s   errors in the   in the
    document.   citations.   citations.   document’s   document.
25 pts.               citations.    



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