Essay #5 (Annotated Bibliography)
Major Essays: The majority of your grade in this course comes from a sequence of papers based on the assigned literature. Note: you may not use online sources such as Wikipedia, Gradesaver, Shmoop, eNotes, 123helpme, and etc.
This week, you will complete a 1,000 word Annotated Bibliography. You will need a minimum of 7 sources (6 SECONDARY sourcres, one PRIMARY source which can be your textbook) with each followed by a 200-250 word annotation. Secondary sources must be scholarly criticism or analysis, not summaries, reviews, or “analysis” from sites such as e-Notes, SparkNotes, Wikipedia, 123HelpMe, or Gradesaver.com; instead, they must come from books written within the last ten years. If you can’t get them all within the past ten years, that’s fine as long as those sources are analyzing the literature, or some aspect thereof, not recounting facts. To explain, history books and scientific research needs to be continuously updated because we find new evidence that changes what we know about a topic. Books written about Watergate or String Theory 20 years ago might not be accurate or relevant today because new discoveries overturn facts or because our knowledge and understanding is nuanced and ultimately refined over time. However, if you’re looking at a book that explores the importance of irony in Shakespeare, then that’s ok. That kind of discussion would still be relevant to the subject today.
Make sure that at least some sources are from the library databases (Links to an external site.)such as Academic Search Complete or JSTOR (Hint: These online databases usually provide current citations of the articles). In addition to a correct citation for each source, you must include a description or summary of the source, at least one paragraph long, and an explanation of how you foresee incorporating it into your essay. For additional information on Annotated Bibliographies, see the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) (Links to an external site.)’s Annotated Bibliographies (Links to an external site.), as well as “Sample Annotated Bibliography (Links to an external site.)” or the sample annotated bib in the Weekly Activities folder.
Format. In an academic community that communicates effectively, proper formatting is a mark both of one’s ability to follow instructions and of one’s willingness to interact with one’s colleagues in an accepted, mutually understandable manner. Therefore, it is important that you follow proper MLA format in producing your texts, particularly as you cite your sources. Failure to do so will lower your grade.
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