“An annotated bibliography provides specific information about each source you have used. As a researcher, you have become an expert on your topic and have the ability both to explain the content and to assess the usefulness of your sources for those not in the know. Think of your paper as part of a conversation with others interested in the same things you are; the annotated bibliography allows you to tell readers what to check out, what might be worth checking out in some situations, and what might not be worth spending the time on. It’s kind of like providing a list of good movies for your classmates to watch and then going over the list with them, telling them why this movie is better than that one or why one student in your class might like a particular movie better than another student would. You want to give your audience enough information to understand basically what the movies are about and to make an informed decision about where to spend their money based on their interests” (“Annotated Bibliography”).
Essentially, this assignment consists of two elements that will be blended together:
• A Works Cited page in MLA format that lists all of the research sources you have found and evaluated thus far for your final paper
• A 3-4 sentence-long mini-evaluation immediately following each of these source’s citation that shows how and why this source will be useful to your final project (or not). This evaluation should include your interpretation of the source’s thesis or overall focus.
An MLA example, using the source for the above quote:
The Nuts and Bolts
Your final Annotated Bibliography will have 12 sources listed. Of those,
- at least 5 will be academic journal article sources, retrieved from the school or a public library
- at least 2 will be book-length, either physical books or ebooks from the Library or online
- at least 1 will be an online media source, such as a YouTube video, podcast, or interactive presentation
- The remaining 4 sources will be “wild card” slots–anything you want to include.
- at least 2 sources (of any of the above formats) must contain elements that DISAGREE with your own position on the matter
The remaining sources may fall into whichever category you choose. You may single-space both the citations and evaluations to make it more reader-friendly. Entries should be organized in alphabetical order. We are using MLA formatting this time, for the Bibliography as well as the final Research Essay (which is different from the APA formatting used for the previous Source Evaluation Essay.)
As you prepare your final submission, be sure you’ve done the following:
- included at least 12 sources, with full MLA citations & 3-4 sentence-long summaries
- alphabetized the sources by first word of citation entry
- used hanging indent and other Works Cited page formatting guidelines
- included an 4-line MLA page heading on the first page, and your last name & page number in the top right corner of all pages
- included at least 5 articles from our library’s journal databases
- included at least 2 book-length sources
- included at least 1 online media source
- identified at least 2 of the sources in the bibliography which contain arguments which disagree with your own thesis. Be sure to note that in the summary for these sources; otherwise I may not recognize them as opposing viewpoints.