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|
|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|
|Quality||All sources||Most||Some sources||Few sources||Little or no|
|Sources||cited can be||sources||can be||cited can be||reliable|
|considered||cited can be||considered||considered||and/or|
|30 pts.||and/or||reliable||and/or||and/or||sources cited.|
|are||are||are well||are lacking in||are lacking in|
|25 pts.||thoughtful,||thoughtful,||written but||completeness,||completeness,|
|and well||and well||lacking in||and/or||and/or|
|and||Citations||There are a||There are||There are||There is little|
|MLA Format||are||few||some||many and/or||or no|
|correctly in||errors in the||errors in the||formatting||MLA format|
|the||document’s||document’s||errors in the||in the|
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