Annotated Bib

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Due Dates:

14 Nov –

Annotated Bibliography for in-class peer review (10-12   sources)

16 Nov –

Annotated Bibliography in Blackboard by midnight (10-12 sources)

Summary of Assignment

Annotated bibliographies are one way for you to evaluate your sources.  An annotation is a short explanatory note about the contents of a source.  Just like a bibliography, the annotated bibliography contains full source information, but it also includes a brief summary of the source’s main points or arguments.  This assignment will put to use some of the skills you acquired in Eng 111 and Eng 112, as you will use summarizing and paraphrasing techniques.

Remember that in order to avoid plagiarism, you must use a combination of signal phrases, parenthetical citations (for direct quotations, summaries, and paraphrases) AND quotation marks (for direct quotations).

As you conduct your research, you will be compiling a list of sources for your working bibliography.  As you analyze each source, record complete bibliographic information either on note cards or in a computer file.  Taking accurate and complete notes will assist you with writing your annotations/summaries (and will, ultimately, assist you with writing your research paper).

Guidelines for preparing bibliographic entries for your Annotated Bibliography

  • Use APA format.
  • Include a tentative title and center it beneath the heading.  For example your title might look as follows:

 Annotated Bibliography:  The Team Teaching Approach

  • Alphabetize all entries.
  • Double space all entries.
  • Indent the second line and subsequent lines by ½”.
  • Follow APA capitalization, italicizing, and punctuation conventions for titles.
  • Use correct punctuation with each entry.

To receive a passing grade on your annotated bibliography, you must include at least ten (10) sources with annotations.

Include the following types of sources in your list:

  • 2 books
  • 2 scholarly journal articles (scholarly journal articles may come from databases, as well as from the actual hard copy of the journal)
  • 2 newspaper articles (newspaper articles may come from databases, as well as from the actual hard copy of the journal)
  • 2 credible Web sites (Wikipedia is a good place to begin gathering information, but does not count as a credible Web site)
  • 2 Miscellaneous sources (these sources may be books, scholarly articles, newspaper articles, personal interview, etc.)

Note:  Your final References list in your research paper list will include at least six sources, but your Annotated Bibliography must include at least ten sources with annotations.

Guidelines for annotations/summaries

  1. Condense the main points of the original source into a few sentences.
  2. Emphasize the source’s main points.
  3. Write in your own words, but USE DIRECT QUOTATIONS to emphasize main points.
  4. Use STRONG signal verbs when introducing quotations or paraphrases.  Avoid weak verbs like “gives,” “tells,” “says.”   Instead use signal verbs like “argues,” “suggests,” “contends,” “claims.”  Avoid repetitive use of the same signal verbs by using a VARIETY.
  5. Do not misrepresent the author’s position (do not include your own opinion).
  6. Indicate why the source is RELEVANT to your research.  A relevancy statement is a sentence at the end of your summary that clarifies why a particular source is pertinent to YOUR SPECIFIC research, not to your topic in general.  How do you plan to use a particular source to support the argument (or counterargument) you are making in your paper?
  7. Analyze Web sites carefully and indicate why the site is credible.  Consider the following questions as you analyze the site?
    • Does the site provide links to other credible sites?
    • Is the site signed?
    • When was the site updated?
    • Does the site support the claim you are making.  In other words, is the site relevant to your research?
    • Who is the audience of the site?

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