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Service and Leadership Annotated Bibliography (100 points - 10%)

As part of your Service and Leadership Project, you will be creating an annotated bibliography on the solciopolitical issue your class is working with, the organization you served with, and any leader who works with this same issue. An annotated bibliography is simply a list of sources with a short summary accompanying each source. Annotated bibliographies have great value because they demonstrate critical thinking and analysis skills without the need for a full research paper. Here’s an example of an annotation for a web site using MLA citation style:

Web Site

McKinley Health Center. Caffeine. 2002. 23 Aug. 2005 <


Web site which discusses the ingredient caffeine. On the site many questions are answered about caffeine including its effects and safety, reducing caffeine consumption, and whether or not it helps with studying. The amount of caffeine in common foods is listed in a table at the bottom of the page including various types of coffee and teas, chocolate, cocoa, and soft drinks. Medications that contain caffeine are also listed. The page is well-organized, contains useful information, and includes appropriate documentation.

As you can see, the author provided us with a correct citation and a short description of the source. This

description not only summarizes the source, but also comments on its quality. Click here to view an

example of a completed annotated bibliography in MLA style.

Here are the steps to creating an annotated bibliography:

1) Find your sources.  You are required to find 3 sources for your annotated bibliography:

    • 1 Source On Your Topic
    • 1 Source On Your Organization
    • 1 Source On Your Leader - choose an individual who working with the sociopolitical issue you have chosen.  That person may be anyone who is making a difference.  They may be a local individual in your own community, or someone working in a foreign country.  As long as they are contributing to the community through service, we want to know about them.

Sources can include books, articles, websites, movies, blogs, interviews,and many other types of sources. Encyclopedia articles are NOT acceptable for this bibliography (this includes Wikipedia). For help finding good sources, refer to your 21st Century Researcher or chat with your GHC librarian here:

2) Cite your sources. In this project, you will be using EasyBib to create your citations in MLA Style. EasyBib is a great, free online tool that creates citations for you instantly! To visit EasyBib, click here. To view videos on how to use EasyBib, click here.

3) Read your sources. For this step, read through each source and make notes about what you’d like to include in your annotation.

4) Summarize your sources. Create a 1-2 paragraph summary of each of your sources using Word or Google Docs. Your summary should look similar to this sample annotated bibliography.


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