Annotated Bibliography Guidelines
An Annotated Bibliography helps a researcher keep track of sources that are possible for use within the writing. Your sources should be on a topic of your choosing that you pull from the Banana book. The topic you choose for your Annotated Bibliography will be the topic for your Multimodal project and Final Research paper. This Annotated Bibliography will be a stepping stone helping you find the resources for your final projects in this course.
The Annotated Bibliography includes all possible sources ..not just the sources actually used for your final paper. For example, your Annotated Bibliography may have 15 sources on it, but you may decide to only use 10 of the sources for your writing because once you thoroughly investigated the sources you found out the others werent as connected to your topic as you had originally thought.
Elements of an Annotated Bibliography
- Heading in MLA format.
- Title used: Annotated Bibliography.
- Page numbers should be on the page if you have more than one page.
- Double line spacing throughout.
- Complete Works Cited entry information in MLA format (make sure to put it in alphabetical order).
- A brief paragraph (3-5 sentences) describing why you think the source may be helpful for your paper. (i.e. When you briefly look over it, what stands out to you that you think might be helpful?)
DO NOT copy/paste an abstract from a source. This is not appropriate for many reasons but mainly because doing so means 1) You are cheating/plagiarizing by using someone elses words for your work and 2) you are not fulfilling the purpose of the assignment, which is to note how a source could be helpful for your research.
DO think outside the box when considering sources for your topic (i.e. journal articles, videos, interviews, etc.)
DO include between 10-15 sources on your Annotated Bibliography.
Sample Annotated Bibliography Entry
(note: The entry should be double spaced and have a hanging indent. Moodle will not let me show this on a file page.)
Bhabha, Homi K. The Location of Culture. New York: Routledge, 2004. Print.
An interesting understanding of how we produce culture through the principle of cultural hybridity. Bhabha provides examples and definitions of the concepts of mimicry, interstice, hybridity, and liminality. All of his ideas are under the umbrella of postcolonial theory. Since I am writing about The Man to Send Rain Clouds, I am particularly interested in Bhabhas ideas about hybridity because the Native Americans are struggling to keep their cultural traditions while constantly intersecting with the Preacher and his cultural traditions.
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