Rhetorical Precis and Annotated Bibliography
Objective: Practice summarizing evidence and conclusions of academic articles in the rhetorical précis
format in order to, ultimately, compose an annotated bibliography using sources that pertain to a topic
related to your major.
Read the “Rhetorical Précis” and “Annotated Bibliographies” sections of Chapter 4 of your textbook.
The précis section explains what a précis is and how to develop a précis from a research source.
The annotated bibliography section explains how to organize your work into a bibliography and how to
format citations for your sources.
Select four sources…:
You will eventually write a research paper on a timely, trending topic in your field. This paper will require at
least four sources to evidence your arguments.
When selecting sources, search for articles/essays that relate to a topic you might want to write about for
your research paper.
Be careful in your selection so that you can use these sources for your research paper later.
Compose a rhetorical précis for each of your sources.
Use the guidelines in your textbook to compose a précis for each of your four sources.
Organize your work into an annotated bibliography.
Use the guidelines in your textbook to properly format your annotated bibliography. You can also use Owl
Purdue for guidance.
Four credible sources organized alphabetically
Rhetorical précis (one paragraph) for each source
150-200 words for each summary
Précis + how this source is relevant for your research
Clear, effective writing in your summaries
Citations for each sourced formatted according to MLA guidelines
MLA formatting for your document