Annotated Bibliography Assignment
The What: Complete an annotated bibliography for your selected research paper topic- you must first look at the research paper prompt and decide which of the three topics you will be using to write
your research paper. After you have selected your topic, complete the annotated bibliography assignment. Refer to the sample below to help structure your document. It should be written in MLA
Topic chose: Topic B: Fast Food and Communities
In the Fast Food Nation chapter “Cogs in the Great Machine,” Eric Schlosser presents us with some ways in which the fast food industry changes communities for the worse. He provides examples like
the town of Greeley, Colorado, as well as other places, whose communities have been irrevocably changed by the fast food industry when slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants set up shop there. For
this topic, decide in which the fast food industry harms communities. (Remember that you can focus on fast food restaurants being built in communities and what it does to the community or the
health of people and how it can damage citizens).
Find 3 scholarly journal articles relevant to your selected topic. Credit will not be given for articles that are not from scholarly journals. “Scholarly” is also known as “peer reviewed” or
“refereed.” These can be contrasted with “popular” magazines. Examine these resources and create a citation and an annotation for each article. You may use Google Scholar
Find 1 newspaper articles from top newspapers. Examine the articles and create a citation and an annotation for each article.
Find 1 magazine articles, website articles, movies, etc. Examine the articles and create a citation and annotation for each article.
Create a citation and annotation for your novel and the chapter you will be using to back your topic and claims.
Scholarly Journals (3): 20 pts each (60 total)- they may come from Google Scholar
Newspapers (1): 20 pts each (20 total)
Popular Magazines/Websites/Movie (1): 20 pts each (20 total)- must be credible
What is an Annotated Bibliography?
A bibliography is a list of sources (books, journals, websites, periodicals, etc.) one has used for researching a topic. Bibliographies are sometimes called “references” or “works cited” depending
on the style format you are using. A bibliography usually just includes the bibliographic information (i.e., the author, title, publisher, etc.).
An annotation is a summary and/or evaluation.
Therefore, an annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of
the sources cited. Annotations are usually about 150 words.
Annotated Bibliography Example:
Summarize: What are the main arguments? What is the point of this book or article? What topics are covered? If someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say? The length of your
annotations will determine how detailed your summary is. (Suggestion: Rhetorical précis or 3-4 sentences)
Assess: Evaluate the source. Evaluate the authors of the source. What is their credibility and reliability? Is the information reliable? Is this source biased or objective? This must include an
examination of the source and an examination of the author(s) (Suggestion: 5-6 sentences)
Reflect: Once you’ve summarized and assessed a source, you need to ask how it fits into your research. Was this source helpful to you? How does it help you shape your argument? How can you use this
source in your research project? Has it changed how you think about your topic? (Suggestion: 4-5 sentences)
13 November 2015
Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. New York: Anchor Books,
Summary: Lamott’s book offers honest advice on the nature of a writing life, complete with its insecurities and failures. Taking a humorous approach to the realities of being a writer, the chapters
in Lamott’s book are wry and anecdotal and offer advice on everything from plot development to jealousy, from perfectionism to struggling with one’s own internal critic. In the process, Lamott
includes writing exercises designed to be both productive and fun.
Assessment: Lamott offers sane advice for those struggling with the anxieties of writing, but her main project seems to be offering the reader a reality check regarding writing, publishing, and
struggling with one’s own imperfect humanity in the process. Lamott is a published author in peer reviewed journals who works for a major university. This helps show Lamott’s credibility and
reliability of the source material.
Reflection: Chapters in this text could easily be included in the curriculum for a writing class. Several of the chapters in Part 1 address the writing process and would serve to generate
discussion on students’ own drafting and revising processes. Some of the writing exercises would also be appropriate for generating classroom writing exercises. Students should find Lamott’s style
both engaging and enjoyable.