Annotated Bibliography Guidelines

Once you have completed your proposal and received feedback (from your writing group and from me), the next phase of your research projects will be to compile an annotated bibliography–a list of sources you plan to cite, with a short explanation of what roles they’ll play in your essay.

Cornell University’s library offers a good overview of the genre of the annotated bibliography. It’s worth checking out.

For your annotated bibliographies, you should do the following:

  1. Create a full list of works you think you will discuss, in alphabetical order, following MLA Guidelines for Works Cited entries).
  2. Write a few, concise sentences that explain how and why each source will help you develop your ideas. For example, a source might help you establish motive or illustrate a point; it might provide background information or a counter-argument you want to address. Describe the source’s content as well as its functions in your essay. It may or may not be relevant to offer some details about the author (field of study, previous works, status, etc.).
  3. Explain which of Gaipa’s “8 strategies” (e.g. cross-breeding, leapfrogging) you’ll use with each source.
  4. Include a diagram of your “ballroom” of sources. (Note: You’ll create new version of your ballroom as you develop and revise the project.)
  5. Write a short paragraph summarizing the conversations taking place in your ballroom–with some reflection on which of Walk’s “motivating moves” you’ll use as you join them.

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