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Title: Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography
  • American Literature Composition

Point 1 Why is this project so important?
Point 1 Why is this project so important?
  • First, this assignment involves reading closely
    and critically, essential learning skills.
  • Second, this assignment requires you to summarize
    what you have read, an essential reading
    comprehension skill.
  • Third, this assignment requires you to evaluate
    what you have read and decide if the information
    is credible, reliable, and useful, all of which
    require higher-order thinking skills.
  • Additionally, creating your own annotated
    bibliography is the first step to really
    understanding how to read someone elses
    annotated bibliography a skill that can save
    you research time in the future when you are
    seeking specific information.

Point 2 What is an annotated bibliography?
  • It's a list of resources that tells where to find
    each source, what to expect from each source, and
    whether or not each source will be useful for
    specific purposes.
  • Basically, you have researched at least 5
    reliable sources, all possible sources for the
    research presentation, and now you will create a
    list in MLA format that includes a citation and
    annotation for each source.

The parts of an entry
  • The citation provides the publishing information
    for the article (or video) so that the reader can
    track it down if he or she needs to do so. It
    looks just like an MLA citation for a Works Cited
    page of an essay.
  • The annotation is two paragraphs long. The first
    paragraph summarizes the information included in
    the article. The second paragraph tells how this
    information can best be used and why it is a good
    source, or, if it is not usable, what makes it a
    poor source.

Now lets define an annotation.
  • An annotation is a short summary of the scholarly
    article, and it's also a critique of it.
  • Simply put, your annotation does two things
  • 1) explains, or summarizes, what the article is
    about. (Hint Find the article's thesis or main
    idea and summarize that in your first sentence.)
  • 2) evaluates why the article is or is not a
    worthwhile one to read.

You wrote a good annotation if
  • Anyone who reads your final work understands the
    article's argument or main idea.
  • A reader would also know the problems or
    solutions, if any, that the article proposes.
  • Finally, readers will know whether the article is
    of a superior nature, or if they should go look
    for a different source on this subject.

Here is an example of an entry
  • Jones, Bradley. Electrical Stimulation for
    Increased Intelligence. Radioactivity Today.
  • WebMedMD, 14 January 2012. Web. 11
    February 2014.
  • At a time when intellectual
    competition is more challenging than ever before,
    researchers are using radiation through
    electrical shock waves to create artificial
    intelligence in human beings. Test studies were
    all conducted using subjects who has scored in
    the lower third percentage on IQ tests but
    presented no specific learning deficiencies.
    While the dangers involved reach deathly levels,
    Jones is convinced that the chance to create
    brilliant minds where empty ones once sat is well
    worth the risk. After all, in the best scenario,
    another Albert Einstein might evolve. In the
    worst scenario, the world loses a few of its most
    ignorant people.
  • This article is one I will be able to
    use in my research paper if I choose the topic of
    creating artificial intelligence. Its research is
    well-founded, its test studies have been widely
    published, and it does not appear to show
    partiality. While the procedure involved is still
    in experimental stages, its purpose of helping
    young people compete in a world that thrives on
    competition is one that will benefit my
    generation. The article contains several
    quote-worthy statistics that can help prove a
    thesis related to the ethical issues involved.
    Its recent publication date makes it a timely
    issue with current scientific information.

Your Checklist
  • ____ I individually stapled each article in
    order of use, rather than handing in loose pages
    or one big mass of papers.
  • ____ I wrote my name on the front page of
    each individual article.
  • ____ I stapled the annotated bibliography
  • _____ I have submitted the paper copy of my
    entry at the beginning of class on the due date.
  • _____ I have submitted the paper to turnitin by
    4pm on the due date.
  • ____ I have used MLA format for the paper.
  • ____ I am turning in 5 complete entries.
  • ____ I don't start a new page for each entry, but
    have skipped one line after each entry.
  • ____ I have printed out at least two articles in
    my annotated bibliography, meaning the entire
    article, have annotated them, and have attached
    them to the paper copy of the assignment.
  • ____ I have alphabetized my entries using the
    first letter of the signal word (first important
    word) of each entry.

Quick Recap of the WHEN
  • Due dates
  • Final draft hard copy, copies of annotated
    articles beginning of class, Friday, Nov. 14
  • submission by 4pm, Friday, Nov. 14
  • This will not be accepted late. No exceptions. If
    you are not at school on Friday, your paper is
    still due find a way to get it here and get it
    submitted to turnitin on time!