What it is: An annotated bibliography is basically a Works Cited list where you describe each source in short paragraphs. In this assignment you focus solely on research before you start writing the paper. This helps you to really think about the research before starting to write the paper. What to Do You want to find a diversity of sources that help you make your own argument. Sort through the sources and find the ones that best support your point rather than trying to force it to work. Each paragraph needs to explain the main argument of the piece in a sentence or two as well as how you will use that source in your paper. This means that you will only include relevant sources! You will need to think critically and carefully about what the author is saying and how it will help your argument. About the Sources You want to find a diversity of sources in order to have a well-rounded argument. You may use up to 4 of the sources you already have from your Mapping The Controversy Assignment. Also, look at other authors’ Works Cited list to find more resources! Everyone should have at least 10-12 sources, including: 2 books (2009 or newer) 3 articles from academic journals (2009 or newer) 1 legitimate magazine or newspaper articles (2009 or newer) 2 credible websites 2-4 additional sources of your choice. ***NOT WIKIPEDIA*** Getting Started Do your research and find your sources! Productively skim and determine if the information is useful and pertinent. Figure out your final sources. Read them and take notes! Write up the citation and annotation. About the Annotation The annotation should be roughly 2-3 sentences of summary/description, 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? AND 4-5 sentences where you evaluate and reflect on the worthiness of the source for your project. Is it a useful source? Is the information reliable? Is it this source biased or objective? How does it relate to other sources in your list? 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? Don’t go overboard on the summary – this is where you are practicing your concise summarizing skills. And, as always, avoid vagueness.