For your research project, you will need to conduct a complete information search of visual and
written documentation of your topic using the resources of the university library and other
information sources such as the Internet. Your successful research study will draw from a variety of
sources of information. The purpose of this exercise is to help you identify sources early.
After you have collected a body of information (4-6 sources), you will need to review your sources to
see exactly what kinds of information they contain. For each source, you will describe its advantages
and disadvantages, based on our discussions in class. This short description is called an annotation.
1. Collect 4-6 total sources. (Consider meeting with a reference librarian.)
a. at least one book or publication with photographs or visuals of the cultural group,
ensemble, object, or dress practice
b. at least one book or publication that supplies background information (history,
culture, setting, environment, resources, etc.) on the cultural group, ensemble, object,
or dress practice
c. at least one source from a peer-reviewed journal or other scholarly publication
2. Document the complete citation for each source including:
a. Author’s full name
b. Title of document, volume number
c. City of publication
e. Year of publication
f. Page of citation
Citations should be in alphabetical order by author’s last name.
1. For each source, write 2-3 sentences describing the contents of the source. What are its
strengths and weaknesses as a source of information about dress? Be as specific as possible.
a. The annotation should follow the citation.
2. Based on your findings, create a title for your project that includes specific information about
time, place, gender, etc.
Your annotated bibliography will be graded using the following criteria:
● Title: clear and to the point.
● Variety of sources: books, journal articles, newspapers or news magazines, Web sources,
popular press, etc.
● Variety of information: pictorial, descriptive, analytical.
● Complete citations: conforms to MLA style.
● Annotations that suggest a review of the text; its strength and weakness as a source of
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