Writing Question

The Annotated Bibliography

This assignment is crucial; it allows you to explore various positions on your issue and conduct the necessary research before you dive into your Researched Argument Essay. To search for information about your issue, use various keywords to narrow your search and find the best articles, websites, etc. Remember to select articles and references carefully and to be suspicious when deciding which articles to use. Also, remember to include those articles that you might not even agree with. They will be important to you, too. Keep in mind that all of your sources must be substantial sources; a one-page article simply won’t be acceptable.

The Annotated Bibliography: Find eight sources that deal with your issue and present varying positions. All eight sources should be found using the Macomb Library databases. However, the majority (at least four) of your sources must be scholarly journal essays retrieved from the library’s databases; these are the most authoritative and reliable sources.

PLEASE PUT AN ASTERISK BY YOUR FOUR (OR MORE) SCHOLARLY/ACADEMIC SOURCES FROM THE MACOMB LIBRARY DATABASES.

Once you have decided on your sources, you will have to read and analyze them and take good notes. If they are long or book-length articles, then do your best to skim them. Always look at the table of contents, the chapter headings, and the index or bibliography in the back. You can learn a lot about a book from doing these things before you read it at length. You will then go back and read carefully the parts that are relevant to your researched argument essay. For more, see the article “Reading Games: Strategies for Reading Scholarly Sources” in the Week Four module.

To create your draft of the Annotated Bibliography, make a list. List the sources alphabetically by author’s last name, using MLA style, and then write a careful summary of each source, which you will place beneath each citation. Make sure to identify the author’s claim in your short summary. Review the two sample student annotated bibliographies below.

Note: Please carefully review the materials below, as well as the materials in the Week Four module, for support with this assignment.

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Length: 8 citations in alphabetical order, each with a substantial annotation (150 words+)

Format: MLA (8th edition)

Points: 130 point


*Errata:

1) I misspoke. The filibuster rule is used by the minority in the Senate, not the majority.

2) Over 1000 scholarly sources were yielded in my first search, not 20, of course.

Rubric please follow the rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCitationsThere are 8 sources in full and correct MLA citation format and ordered alphabetically by first element of citation.

25 pts

Outstanding

21.5 pts

Good

19 pts

Satisfactory

17 pts

Below Satisfactory

15 pts

Not Acceptable

25 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnnotationsThere are 8 fully developed annotations that contain the original source’s thesis, all major supporting ideas, and a brief description of the author and/or evaluation of the source’s credibility.

50 pts

Outstanding

47.5 pts

Very Good

43 pts

Good

37.5 pts

Satisfactory

32.5 pts

Below Satisfactory

25 pts

Not Acceptable

50 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeScholarly/Academic Sources4+ scholarly/academic sources from Macomb Library databases included.

30 pts

4 or more scholarly/academic sources

24 pts

3 scholarly/academic sources

18 pts

2 scholarly/academic sources

14 pts

1 scholarly/academic source

0 pts

No scholarly/academic sources are used

30 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting Style / GrammarClear, direct, and elegant prose. Careful choice of effective words and phrases. Carefully demonstrates impressive construction and organization of sentences. Free from sentence faults and other grammatical errors.

25 pts

Outstanding

21.5 pts

Good

19 pts

Satisfactory

17 pts

Below Satisfactory

15 pts

Not Acceptable

25 pts

Total Points: 130

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