Part of the research process is for you to construct a working bibliography. This serves many purposes. One purpose is for you to fully conceptualize how the resources you have consulted fit the larger scale of your paper. In order to accomplish this goal, you are asked to construct an annotated bibliography. This will take a very similar form to the final work’s cited page you will attach to the end of you research paper. What follows are some easy steps to construct an annotated bibliography:
Create an appropriate cited reference for your source. For further explanation on how to construct an appropriate reference for a source, please consult Purdue Owl (Links to an external site.).
Write between 125-150 words per source in which you do the following: a) Identify the author(s)’ main point
b) Provide a one sentence summary of the work; c) Discuss how that main point fits within the context of your own discussion
Compile the sources in alphabetical order—this of course would be by author’s last name
Paper should include appropriate heading (name, date, class, instructor’s name)
Assignment should be in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font
You will construct a citation and annotation for every source you will use in the research writing project.
Here is an example of what an annotated source could look like:
Burke, Kenneth. “Definition of Man.” The Hudson Review, vol. 16, no. 4, 1963-64, pp. 491-514,
http://www.jstor.org/stable/3848123. Accessed 03 Oct. 2015.
Burke’s article offers a progressive and systematic definition of the human condition, and how that condition has evolved over time by use of language and symbolic action. To support his argument, he offers five constitutive elements to his definition which seek to discuss the use of symbols and the creation of those symbols, the role of the negative, our separation from nature, our desire for social hierarchy, and our desire for perfection. Burke’s article fits into the context of my argument because it allows me to offer various aspects into why mankind had relied so heavily on symbols. By synthesizing the five constitutive elements of Burke’s article, I will be able to further my argument that the use of symbols predates contemporary times.
Before completing this assignment, you may find it helpful to read Chapter 6: The Annotated Bibliography Exercise (Links to an external site.)from Steven Krause’s book The Process of Research Writing (Links to an external site.).
Please note, your final work’s cited page—which will be attached to the final research paper—should be identical to the annotated bibliography except you will not have the annotations attached. I recommend you try your best to construct the Work’s Cited page as correctly as possible. It’s only going to save you time down the line.