Once you’ve selected a topic for your Final Paper, you will begin researching outside sources and then you will be composing an annotated bibliography. This means you will be responsible for conducting effective, scholarly research and then summarizing the outside sources you discover.
What is an annotated bibliography? A “bibliography” is just another name for a list of sources; an “annotation” is a note or summary. So think of your annotated bibliography as a list of sources with accompanying annotations (or summaries). The sources you select for this annotated bibliography are the sources you plan to use for your final paper! Below are instructions for the annotated bibliography.
1) FIND THREE OUTSIDE SOURCES ON YOUR CHOSEN TOPIC. Your literary criticisms/biographical articles may come from online or on the shelf, but they must be from the library. No articles from the internet (google or wiki or sparknotes, etc) will be accepted for this assignment. Your final essay is a formal academic document, so your sources must reflect that. The three sources you annotated for your annotated bibliography should be the three sources you plan to cite in your final paper.
2) READ YOUR OUTSIDE SOURCES. You need to have a thorough understanding of all three of your literary criticisms/biographical articles in order to effectively compose your annotated bibliography (and for when you integrate them into your Final Paper). Skimming the articles won’t cut it: YOU MUST READ THEM CAREFULLY.
3) NOW CREATE YOUR ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY! An annotated bibliography does three things:
a) cites the source in MLA format,
b) summarizes the main ideas of the article, and
c) illustrates the value of the source.
You can find helpful links and examples of annotated bibliographies in the Unit Eight folder!
As before said, your outside sources may be from a physical book or journal in the library, or from the library’s online database. You may include more than the required sources, but annotated bibliographies with fewer than three outside sources will not be accepted.
LENGTH REQUIREMENT: 500 WORDS (this word count includes both your citations and your annotations!)