Annotated Bibliography

1200 words (minimum)


This assignment is an intermediate step towards writing the final project. Consider your thinking about deception in your personal reflection: how can you expand that discussion of deception into a bigger, more developed and researched project? What kinds of sources can you find that you might be able to use? Using the instructions in the Annotated Bibliography chapter of Norton, you will write an annotated bibliography that uses no fewer than five (5) reputable sources, one or two of which can be from the “Course Readings” and the rest of which you will find yourself. Your annotated bibliography should have a relevant title, and an introduction that states the scope of your research.  To find articles, and to determine whether or not they are reputable, review Norton, especially “Finding Sources,” and “Evaluating Sources.” Your annotated bibliography should be no longer than 1200 words.


Begin the annotated bibliography with an introduction describing the scope of your research, explaining the reasons why you’ve chosen the sources included, and where your research can still go. (You may want to write your introduction last, after you have completed your research and evaluated your sources.


The sources should appear in the document, following the introduction, in alphabetical order by last name. Your entries should be single spaced, typed in 12pt Times New Roman font.


Each entry in you A.B. should follow this structure:


  • Full MLA citation of source. (Check Purdue OWL and the resources I’ve provided on Canvas if you’re unsure.)
    • g. Author, “Essay/Chapter,” Book, Publisher, Year, etc.
  • Paragraph one: summary of the source.
    • What does your reader need to know about this selected text in order to get the main, important, and salient points? You will have to be selective, of course.
  • Paragraph two: analysis of source.
    • What is valuable about this source? What does it have to offer your research? How credible is this source?
  • Final note: explain how you plan to use the source, and what purpose it will serve your research paper. In other words, how will this source contribute to your argument?


You’re free to include more than five sources, of course, but five is sufficient. Remember: just because you’ve completed your A.B. doesn’t mean you’re done doing research. It’s very common that as you begin the writing process, you’ll discover that your paper could use a source that helps you assert a point – so, find the source that helps you do that!You’re allowed to use our course readings in 102 if they fit your project, but no more than two sources can be from class. You’re also allowed to use the language of the A.B. directly in your paper—just make sure it makes sense in terms of structure and style.


You’re allowed to use up to four (4) popular sources, but in general, academic and peer-reviewed sources are better. If you do use popular sources, make sure that they are very good—no puff pieces from listicle websites like Buzzfeed; no Op. Eds. unless they are astute and analytical; no blog posts, unless, again, they are very fine in quality. If you include flimsy articles in your research project, it will hamper the credibility of your final paper.



Due Dates:


Date 1 : Bring two hard copies of your AB in for peer review


Date 2 : Submit the final draft of your AB by time in turnitin on Canvas



Last Updated on February 16, 2018

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