Annotated Bibliography

An annotated list of 5 works due Friday, March 21 at 11:59pm via Blackboard

An annotated list of 5 sources of peer-review research related to your approved topic. Your selected sources should outline a specific area of contemporary critical research and debate.
This bibliography is a significant piece of work and if done well, will make your final research paper much easier.


I: Research Question

You are to submit your research question in its current form. I recognize that this will not be at its most sophisticated and polished, and that it will certainly undergo revision before the final paper is completed. However, a central idea (or at least a hub of ideas) is needed to focus your research and perform this work.

II: Annotations

List, alphabetically by author’s last name, each source in your annotated bibliography. For each source, present the following:

• Complete publication data, formatted according to a consistent citation style (APA, MLA, or Chicago).

• A brief summary of the source’s argument. This is an exercise in paraphrase, and as such must be written using your own words. (approx. 150-200 words)

• An explanation of the source’s contribution to the special topic you’ve chosen to
research, by which I mean – how does this source introduce, extend, complicate, nuance, or otherwise refine the conversation you are involving yourself in. This is an opportunity for you to write a short passage about a source that is inflected with your own theoretical and critical interests. (approx. 200-300 words).

Please note, you’re not being asked here to evaluate the source—i.e., to give it marks out of 10, or point out its shortcomings. Instead, you are being asked to identify what some of its contributions are. What makes it useful, and why?

III: Further Study

A brief indication of your plans for further study (approx. 150-200 words)

Your sources should be:
1. Scholarly. Please choose reliable, authoritative sources from credible publications. This means either peer-reviewed articles or monographs. Please do not include web-based scholarship (for example, blog-posts and news items) or encyclopaedia entries.
2. Varied. Your sources should provide different answers to and/or different perspectives on your research question. There should be evidence of a debate among your sources.
3. Appropriate. Your sources should clearly speak to the special topic you are examining.

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