To prepare for your research paper, you will submit an annotated bibliography that contains at least four scholarly research sources.
These sources should come ONLY from the GMC library databases; going beyond GMC Library should only be done when there are no valid sources for your topic there, and even then, sources should be limited to .edu or .org sources- avoid anonymous.com sources at all costs (Wikipedia, Sparknotes, LitCharts, etc). Contact me if you’re unsure about a source’s validity.
For each source, you will first provide an MLA-formatted works cited entry for that source. Remember, the lit databases at GMC Library will do those entries for you.
Then, underneath each individual source, you will provide a paragraph-length annotation. An annotation is a brief summary of the source’s main ideas or points, and may also include a sentence or two about how/why you think this source is relevant to your idea or helpful for your paper.
- You must provide at least four source entries.
- Each research source should be a critical argument/point-of-view on the reading you’ve chosen for your research paper. Sources that only provide biographical information or plot summary are unacceptable. Sources should be scholarly and relevant to your topic.
- The annotation for each source entry should be a paragraph in length (around 100-150 words).
- You must include a brief summary of the source. This summary should include the author’s thesis.
- You must provide an explanation how this source is relevant to your planned research paper topic.
- For more information on how to write an annotated bibliography, you should view the Purdue OWL’s website here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/common_writing_assignments/annotated_bibliographies/annotated_bibliographies.html
- Your bibliography should be formatted according to MLA style.
- For each source, you must provide an MLA citation. Too see how to cite an article from an online database, you should view the following website: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_works_cited_electronic_sources.html