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SEWS Guide for English 443-1930's American Lit: Annotated Bibliography and MLA Style Help

Assignment Specifics: Annotated Bibliography

The Scenario:

It’s November, and you’ve reached the point in your research where you have a good idea of where you want to go in the final paper for English 443. You’ve developed a tentative thesis; you may have found several sources (a variety of books, journal articles, critical essays, primary sources, etc.) or you may have just started to search for sources. (If neither of these is your scenario, don’t fear! Use the Resources and Guides page here along with other resources available from the library’s home page to find relevant sources.)  

Next Steps:

Now, it’s time to create an annotated bibliography. Use the annotated bibliography as an opportunity to really fine-tune which sources are most relevant to your argument. In each annotation, you’ll want to provide a summary of the source. For example, what are the author’s main ideas? In the bulk of the annotation, however, you’ll want to focus on how the ideas presented by one author can be synthesized with the ideas of others on the list. Think of the annotated bibliography as an open forum, a space where sources “talk” to one another. And where you, in turn, begin to figure out where your voice fits into the conversation. Take each annotation as an opportunity to discuss how that particular source, and the research contained therein, helped you to revise and improve your own final conclusions.

 

Sample Annotated Bibliographies

The annotations here aren't nearly as in-depth as your annotations should be. However, you can use these examples as guides for formatting.