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398 Bibliography Instructions

Page history last edited by Eric Leonidas 2 years, 7 months ago

As a class, you will create an annotated bibliography. (Here's the last one my 398 did.)

  • Each student is to annotate (basically summarize, but see below) 2 articles.
  • Your name should follow your annotation.
  • Due by end of day, Monday, April 9.


To complete this assignment, you will need to

  • Join my wiki site.
  • Locate one of the unannotated articles on the page
  • Read the article and write an annotation
  • Post the annotation to the page.


Locate an article.


All of the articles are readily available through the library online.  Navigate to the Burritt page, and then click "EJournals" on the right side of the page.  Click "Title Equals" from the drop down box, enter the journal's title (initials should work), and click search.  You should be able to locate your issue by volume and number (or page) from the search results.


Write an Annotation


Your annotation consists of two parts: a proper bibliographical entry, and a paragraph summarizing the article's argument.  I've done the first part.  For the argument, provide sentences summarizing the author’s central claim.  Be careful.  You might think in terms of problem/solution.  (So, Lawrence found a problem in the ending of Cymbeline, or Schwartz thought the source Leontes' jealousy insufficiently explained.)  Or simply try to summarize the author's conclusions.  The key here is to focus on the author's argument, her particular claim, rather than what the subject of the article is.  So, try to use forceful verbs: the author, argues, demonstrates, shows, claims, insists.  And try to account for as much of the article as you can, not just the first few paragraphs.


In addition, I'd like you to identify something concrete in the text that the author looks at--a plot turn, a recurring word, an image, an exchange, the genre, etc.  Also indicate if there are any central theoretical approaches or concepts.  Maximum of 150 words.



Steps for Posting


  • Go to the Annotated Bibliography Page (you'll need to have access to the site; if you don't have it, click "request access" and follow the steps)
  • Click the "edit" tab at the top of the page.
  • Locate the position for your article (alphabetically by author)
  • Insert a divider after the previous entry (it's just to the right of that ABC box above)
  • Paste in your annotation.
  • Click "save"

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