Annotated Bibliography Workshop
An annotated bibliography is a research tool that will help you to keep track of the sources you encounter while working on larger research projects. Generally, an annotated bibliography reflects an exhaustive search of a topic; for this class, we will treat this assignment as an introduction to the tool rather than to expect a complete bibliography.
This tool is related directly to a References page, except here, we follow each citation with a brief (100 words or less) explanation of: (1) who the author is and their relevance to the subject we are exploring, (2) who the intended audience is, (3) how this citation relates or contrasts to at least one of our other sources, and (4) how this source helps to further our discussion of the topic.
Through this assignment, we ask that you read the criteria for the Research Project, choose a topic, and begin researching that topic (Should college football replace the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) with a playoff system?).You should have five or more annotations in your research. This is essentially summarizing each source, so try to treat it as a tool to help you and others find their way through this topic.
An annotated bibliography should be on its own page and take the following form:
Instructions for Annotated Bibliography Workshop:
For this workshop, we will still be working with our peers’ contributions, but because this assignment is a bit different, we are going to be looking at things a bit differently. This workshop will ask that you assess your peers’ writing for clarity and brevity, not so much about style and substance. For this exercise, take the following steps:
Research and write your Annotated Bibliography.
This time, attach it to the Workshop (do not cut and paste—we are focusing on format).
Read each of the submissions posted by your peers.
Briefly answer each of the questions below for each bibliography you read.
Post your responses as a reply to each bibliography.
As you go through these questions, remember that you are not evaluating the author; you are evaluating the work. Keep your comments focused on the words on the page, not on the person who wrote them.
How does this bibliography meet the assignment criteria?
How does the formatting of this assignment look? Does it follow basic APA guidelines for a Reference page? (i.e. Times New Roman font, double-spaced, no extra spacing between paragraphs, first line of the citation flush left with all following lines indented, etc.?).
Are the annotations brief, clear, and informative?Do they avoid personal opinion? Do they act as a reference guide?
If you were to be writing an essay about the same subject, how useful would you find this bibliography to be?
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