Prospectus and Working Annotated Bibliography
Working Annotated Bibliography
Using mainly scholarly articles from refereed journals or books, create a working annotated bibliography. To begin this important step, you must select a topic, complete some initial research to narrow your topic, skim a small body of research materials that best provides support for the topic you have chosen, and select what you believe to be the most useful research for your paper. Once you have worked through this important initial process, you will be able to move to developing a “working annotated bibliography,” a selection of 5-10 articles that seem to address your topic. As you delve deeper into your research, you will find that some of these initial resources don’t support your topic as much as your cursory glance suggested. The research process is very much about searching for research and shaping and reshaping your paper as the process continues. After selecting the 5-10 articles that you wish to include in the “working annotated bibliography,” you then skim them and summarize briefly in two or three sentences the gist of the articles. Sometimes, an article may include an abstract, which you may read and summarize, making sure not to plagiarize. The Working Annotated Bibliography enables you to begin to think of the scope of your paper. If you are able to do a deep dive in this initial stage, your work will be less daunting at every other stage of the research paper.
Using the MLA Handbook (9th edition), which is the only book required for this course, be sure to find the type of source you have selected and then follow the format meticulously in setting up your entry as illustrated in the Handbook, which you are to use as your blueprint for setting up references/sources throughout the semester.
The second part of the “Prospectus and Annotated Working Bibliography” is the Prospectus,
which should be about 250 words. The prospectus is a concise summary of your overall proposed paper, which means that you must first complete the working annotated bibliography before you can create a prospectus. You have to put your feet in the pond before you can swim in it.
Quotes from one or two scholarly articles
The main objective of the Working Annotated Bibliography is to jumpstart your close reading of research that will lead to inclusion of material (quoted or paraphrased) that you will want to use to develop the body paragraphs of your research paper. From the Working Annotated Bibliography, select one or two scholarly articles from which you will choose several, brief passages to quote (a sentence or two, max) that you believe might be useful to include in the development of your paper. I suggest one or two articles because you may wish to choose two short articles or book chapters (say 10 pages each) or you may wish to choose an article of 20 pages, which is pretty standard length of scholarly essays in refereed journals.
Using the MLA Handbook (9th edition), which I the only book required for this course, be sure to find the type of source you have selected and then follow the format meticulously as illustrated in the Handbook, which you are to use as your blueprint for setting up references/sources throughout the semester.
In summary, select one or two scholarly articles—preferably from your working annotated bibliography—and then select the best, most important quotes that support your topic, and finally include only quotes from the article(s). You should aim to include 3 to 5 short quotes (a sentence or two) for the total assignment. Be sure to note the page of the quote and that page will also be reflected in the bibliographic entry you’ve listed. Each entry must be set up using the MLA Handbook.
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