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ENGL 2122 - Abbott (Online) - Spring 2018: Annotated Bib Assignment

Annotated Bib assignment

Annotated Bibliography

You are going to practice an important research skill, the annotated bibliography, by locating and evaluating 3 more sources for your Journal Club Presentation/hypothetical essay topic.

Step 1

In place of a title for this assignment, please list your topic description from the Journal Club Presentation.

Step 2

In GALILEO, locate 3 scholarly, peer-reviewed articles about your Journal Club Presentation topic. Refer to the Library Assignment Guide for specific database recommendations and helpful search strategies.

Step 3

Skim the articles to determine their relevance to the topic and potential usefulness for an essay on your topic. If necessary, continue searching and replace articles that are not useful for your topic.

Step 4

After skimming and selecting your articles, carefully read each of them, taking critical notes as you read. Use the information from Step 5 to assist you in note-taking. This is a critical step! You MUST read and understand your articles before you use them in your Annotated Bibliography. 

Step 5

Write four annotations (Journal Club Presentation article and the 3 articles from Step 4), completing the following for each article:

A: Explain what the article is about. (1-3 sentences) 

Tell the audience what is in the article. This is the most difficult part of the annotation because it requires you to be very succinct. Don’t rewrite the article; just write the basic facts and important notes about the article here.

B: Explain how this article illuminates your topic. (1-2 sentences)

What about this article makes it relevant to your topic? Why did you select it? What pertinent bit of information makes this article stand out among the others?

C: Compare or contrast this work with another you have cited. (1-2 sentences)

How does this specific article relate to another article in your annotated bibliography? Do they agree or not? Why not? What makes it unique?

Step 6

Assemble your bibliography by placing your properly formatted citations for each article in alphabetical order, including the annotation paragraph after each citation. Revise and proofread carefully before submitted your assignment into Turnitin.


   Assignment created from: Annotated Bibliography Assignment, Marc Watkins, The University of Mississippi.

Annotated Bibliography

The MLA Handbook, Eighth Edition does not include guidelines for formatting an annotated bibliography. However, your professor may assign an annotated bibliography in MLA style. The annotated bibliography contains descriptive or evaluative comments about your sources. Each citation should adhere to MLA guidelines. Begin your comments immediately following the citation. The title might be 'Annotated Bibliography' or 'Annotated List of Works Cited'.

Your instructor may request an annotated bibliography in order to evaluate the types of sources you are selecting for your research. The annotations should show that you have carefully conducted your research and critically analyzed the information you will use to write your paper. The good news is that the 'Works Cited' list will be almost complete before you begin writing. Below is an example of an annotated bibliography in MLA style.

MLA 8th Annotated Bibliography Example

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