The goal of this assignment is to help you compile, select, and study the sources you will use in your final essay project. It also asks you to spend time reading, interpreting, and analyzing your sources so that you can decide how you might incorporate them in your project. The idea here is to list five or more sources you’re thinking about using in your essay; you may later discover a source may not fit your argument and find others that do. The idea here is to help you become familiar with the library databases and the sources you’re considering and how they might operate in your essay (to help you develop your thesis/analysis or answer your research question). This assignment will also give me an idea of the sources you’re considering so I can give you some feedback.
To create your bibliography, follow these guidelines for each entry:
- List all of your selected sources in MLA format (8th edition). Since your sources must come from the library databases, each of the databases – OneSearch, Proquest, Opposing Viewpoints, CQResearcher, etc. – provide citation links; all you have to do is click on it, select MLA 8th edition, and your source will be cited for you.
- Just below each MLA citation, write a 100-word summary of the source, which includes a one or two sentence explanation of how you think this source will help support, be of value to, your argument.
- Before turning in your annotated bibliography, remember to proofread and correct for errors.
- Be sure your annotated bibliography is typed, 12 pt font, Times New Roman, with 1” margins. (You can submit your AB in a MSWord docx format or convert it to a pdf file in this format).
As I addressed above, including sources in your working annotated bibliography does not obligate you to use them in your final paper, but your work will be more useful if you begin careful research now and explore sources that you intend to use. Here is a sample of some Annotated Bibliography entries
*** basically, I need 5 library sources of what I can write about the life as a slave. My final essay is going to be about the life as a slave in America in the early 1600-1700s. One of my sources is going to be Uncle Tom's Cabin, so I need 4 other sources***