MAUS Reflective Annotated Bibliography
The reflective annotated bibliography must be comprised of six sources that relate to historical
elements depicted in MAUS. These issues can involve any sociopolitical element relating to
World War II so long as it is directly tied to the Holocaust. The goal for this assignment is that
you increase your understanding of the origins and contexts regarding the events described in
MAUS. Each source should consist of the proper MLA citation followed by a summary of the
article, a critical assessment/evaluation of that article, and a reflection in which you explain how
the source expanded your understanding of events depicted in MAUS. Each annotation should be
at least 250 words long. In total, you must compose six annotations (one for each source).
The six sources you choose must come from books or peer reviewed journals. Websites are not
valid sources for this assignment. Annotations for websites will receive no points.
Each annotation must contain the following elements:
Summary: What is the point of this book or article? What topics are covered? What are the main
arguments? If someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say?
Assessment: After summarizing a source, you will then need to evaluate it. In what way is this
source useful? How does it compare with other sources in your bibliography? Is the information
reliable? How do you know? Is it this source biased or objective? Is the author trustworthy? How
do you know? What is the goal of this source?
Reflection: Once you've summarized and assessed a source, you need to ask how it fits into your
understanding. How does the new information contributed by this source influence or modify
your broader understanding of an event described in MAUS? Do you wish Spiegelman had
explored this issue further in MAUS? Has the historical research provided details that were
missing from Vladek’s account?
Note: the bibliographic information of the source (the title, author, publisher, date, etc.) must be
written in MLA format. The annotations (summary, assessment, and reflection) for each source
must be double-spaced. I strongly suggest composing individual paragraphs for the summary, the
assessment, and the reflection.
As I read your projects, I will be asking the following:
1. Are the sources clearly summarized and carefully evaluated? Do the reflections
demonstrate a genuine attempt to reconsider specific aspects of MAUS in light of new
2. Has the assignment been carefully proofread? Is the writing largely free of grammatical
and mechanical errors?
For full credit you must:
Submit the final draft in typed hard copy and upload a .docx to Turnitin.com using the
upload link provided on Bb. You cannot receive credit if you do not complete both
steps. See course schedule for due date.
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