Short writing assignment “annotated bibliography”

Week 11 – Assignment A – Short Writing Assignment #6 Annotated Bibliography Due

Due dates change to the evening before the next day’s class meeting (as it used to be) since we will be meeting in person for class beginning again on Mon. Nov. 1st. So, you need to have this assignment complete before Monday’s class. This is not Writing Project #3. This Annotated Bibliography is to help you prepare to write your ess’ay. You will want to start working on this days in advance as noted. Don’t leave it to last minute!

Readings Preparation and Resources

Annotated Bibliography Instructions

The purpose of this assignment is to give you an opportunity to select sources and to (re)define your research question for your readers. Prepare bibliographic entries using in A Writer’s Reference “MLA Style (refer to MLA-4b, pages 394-423), and following each entry offer a critical summary/evaluation (5 sentences minimum per source which will be about 25 sentences for the entire assignment)). Your annotated bibliography should contain at least 5 sources. For each source, begin by brainstorming responses to the following questions:

For each source, begin by brainstorming responses to the following questions:

  1. What is the purpose of the source? 
  2. Who is the author’s intended audience, and how do you know this?
  3. What is the author’s thesis? What evidence supports their thesis?
  4. What qualifications and expertise does the author bring?
  5. Does the author have any biases or make any questionable assumptions?
  6. Why do you think this source is useful for your ess’ay? How will you use the source in your ess’ay? (Does the source provide background or context? Does the source define the issue? Does the source provide evidence for your thesis? Does the source support, disagree, support and disagree, or complicate your thesis?)
  7. How does this source relate to the other sources in your bibliography? (Does the source agree with another source? Does the source disagree with another source? Does the source provide further explanation or evidence for another source?)

You can find more information about how to write an annotated bibliography and a sample annotated bibliographic entry at the link below. You can also view a Sample Annotated Bibliography at Purdue Owl:

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