Response Paper 3: Annotated Bibliography
Discussion Forum 5.2 for this week asks you to post your working thesis for your final Research Paper (due in week 7; research paper guidelines are available in “Course Resources” above week 1). Remember that this Research Paper must make an argumentative claim about one or two (no more than three) of the works we have read in the class using one of the critical reading strategies to which you were introduced. I advise you to post into forum 5.2 as early as possible this week, so you have more time to receive feedback and adapt your working thesis if necessary.
An Annotated Bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 200 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph—this is known as the annotation. The purpose of each annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the source cited.
Your bibliography will come in two parts:
A 100-word (or more) discussion on a text (or texts) from the course, and the critical perspective you plan to use in order to create a strong, detailed, analytical thesis statement.
3-5 MLA Citations, with 200-word annotations for each (annotations include the following elements):
a. InitialAppraisal b. Content Analysis
First, you will write 100+ words explaining the text(s) you’ve chosen to analyze and why, as well as the critical perspective you intend to use. While choosing your text or texts, pick one of the following options:
• A topic focusing on one of the texts from class (if only writing on one text, try to focus on a different work than the ones you wrote on for Response Papers 1 and 2 unless getting my approval first).
A topic focusing on multiple texts (no more than 3) by the same author
A topic focusing on multiple texts (but no more than two) by different authors
Then, you will write your annotated bibliography. For the citation for each source, carefully follow the MLA format provided by the Purdue Owl. For each source annotation, be sure to read the materials in week 5’s Online Learning Resources for help with bibliographies and annotations. The annotations will consist of the following:
a. Initial Appraisal (50-75 words)You may address things like: What are the author’s credentials, educational background, or experience? Is the source current or out-of- date for your topic? Is the writing affiliated with any academic institutions, corporations, organizations, etc?
a. Content Analysis (150-200 words)
You will ANALYZE the source, asking questions like: How is this work relevant to your chosen text? What is a particularly strong quote from this source? Why would it be helpful to your thesis idea? Does the source related to the critical perspective you’ve chosen? Specifically, your analysis should address the portions of the source that relate directly to what you are discussing; you don’t need to speak to the entire document unless all of it is relevant to your claim.
As with all your submissions, this is a formal assignment that should be submitted using MLA format for style, spacing, heading, pagination, etc.
Since you will be submitting a working thesis statement, a (minimum) 100-word discussion of that idea, and (minimum) 200-word annotations for at least three (and no more than five) sources, this submission should be at least 700-1200 words.
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