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EN 1201 - College Writing II (Malloy)

Resources to assist you in your research for Professor Malloy's course.

Instructions for Assignment

  1. First, using your research paper topic, locate 5 sources. You may use scholarly books or articles.
  2. Next, take your five sources and place them in alphabetical order, as you would in any works cited page, following Modern Language Association (MLA) style and use the title following title on your assignment:

    Annotated Bibliography on ________________.                                                                

                                                     (your topic here)

  3. Finally, for each source, write approximately two sentences stating the main point the author(s) is making, i.e., the goal or purpose or thesis of the source, and, in a second sentence, comment on the value of the source for understanding your chosen topic (e.g., it gives a complete historical background for _____________ (subject) or it provides empirical data for __________ (subject)).  One last sentence at the end of each annotation should identify how this cite was helpful to your research.

All of these elements will most likely fit on one page.  Please review and lean on pages 117-119 of Lester for this assignment.

Annotated Bibliography

WHAT IS AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY?

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations. What makes it different from a Works Cited or standard Bibliography is that each citation is followed followed by 1-2 paragraphs which inform the reader about the source. You should reflect on how you plan to incorporate a source into your paper. 

1. The citation

In MLA format. Arranged alphabetically by author's last name.

2. The summary

Provide a brief overview detailing what your article or book is about. You can discuss the authority of the author, the intended audience, or how this fits into the literature in that field.

3. The analysis

Explain why this article or book is important to your argument. Show how it supports and/or refutes your argument. You might also discuss its limitations or biases. Be as specific as possible.