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Evaluative Annotated Bibliography (Ch. 11 in Field Guide)

  • Find credible sources on your topic. Your bibliography must include full entries (citation and annotation) for at least five sources.
  • Use an array of sources, such as journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles, Web sites, and books.

Citations: Provide full bibliographic information in MLA or APA

  • Begin each entry with a complete and correct bibliographic entry, the citation, for the source using APA (Ch. 50) or MLA (Ch. 49) documentation style.


  • Use the same documentation style for all entries.


  • Organize entries in alphabetical order by the first word of the citation, usually the author’s last name.


Annotations: Summarize and evaluate the source using complete sentences


  • After each citation, write an annotation for the source that accurately summarizes the author’s main points and support for his/her position.


  • Also in your annotation, evaluate the source. Consider the author’s or publication’s stance, the currency of the source, the perspective or slant on the topic that is presented, and the source’s usefulness to your study of the topic—how this piece has changed or added to your understanding of the issue and how you might use the source in your own argumentative writing.


  • Write your evaluative annotation using complete sentences. Consider the examples on p. 118-19 in the Field Guide.


Grading Criteria


  • Discuss at least five sources


  • Include well-developed annotations, summarizing the source and evaluating it in terms of its bias and ultimate usefulness to your research on the topic


  • Complete correct bibliographic entries for each source using MLA or APA consistently


  • Alphabetize entries by first word of citation


  • Use correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and mechanics, including using complete sentences

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