Research Part Two: The Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography
Borger

Prompt:  Create an annotated bibliography

Discussion of Prompt: 

  1. Read and annotate the articles or credible webpages on your topic.
  2. Create a works cited / bibliographic entry for all articles based on MLA style.
  3. Start each entry with the bibliographic citation (follow MLA format from your style handbooks or use the Purdue OWL website). Most of the databases we use have a “cite this” button – use that for starters, but double-check format for accuracy.
  4. Entries that are longer than a single line are reverse-indented (first line is flush, subsequent lines are indented).
  5. Skip a line then write descriptive and informative summaries of the article.
  6. Include at least two-three significant quotes per entry.  Quotes should be key to the argument; don’t just pick any random quote.
  7. State the kinds of rhetorical devices the authors use to make their arguments (pathos, ethos, logos).
  8. Talk about ways in which ideas are similar to other texts you have read.  What makes each article unique and how does each contribute to your overall argument?
  9. List entries in alphabetical order by author’s last name.
  10. Entries are single-spaced with a space between entries and a space.

Example:
Sachiko Tankei
Borger
English 101 – 09
03/10/11

Annotated Bibliography

Borgerella, Lucius. “Tanning Makes Your Skin Darker.” Teen Health. 13 Dec. 2006.  Web. 14 Nov. 2013.

“Tanning Makes Your Skin Darker” by Lucius Borgerella is about how tanning works on a physiological level.  It discusses how melanin in your epidermis blah blah blah.  You should start each entry with the article title and author followed by a short description of the article’s main idea (or thesis).  The first sentence should contain the most basic information you would need for introducing your article in the body of your paper.  It might feel repetitive to put the title right after the citation, but I want you to practice the form for your speeches here.  In a “true” annotated bibliography, that first sentence would be unnecessary.  Follow that descriptive summary (the single sentence) with a longer informative summary.  Include two-three key quotes, either in the summary section or in the rhetoric section. Again, you’re laying the foundation for your speech: by including key quotes now –  as you read – you won’t have to re-read and re-search the entire article (or all 7 articles again) when it’s time to compose.  For this assignment, conclude by identifying rhetorical elements at work in the article and stating whether they are effective or what their strengths and weaknesses are. In a “true” annotated bibliography, you state how you plan to use each article in your future project.

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