Compile an annotated bibliography of the five most important and useful secondary sources you have found for your research project, including the two required scholarly sources. For each source, provide a complete bibliographical entry in MLA 8 format, followed by an annotation of approximately 200 words that summarizes and responds to the source in two structured paragraphs. Your summary should paraphrase the main idea and main points of the source, using author tags and transitions between ideas. Your response should critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the source, analyze its rhetorical techniques, and reflect on how it will contribute to your research project and support your main idea.
Format – MLA 8
- Insert page numbers with your last name next to them in the top right-hand header.
- Include submission information (your name, my name, course title, date) in the top left-hand corner of the first page. Do not include a cover page.
- Include an informative title (eg. Annotated Bibliography on Robert Johnson)
- Type in 12-pt Times New Roman and double-space, with standard one-inch margins.
- Include a complete, correct MLA citation for each source.
- Format each entry with a hanging indent, which means the first line of each annotation is in the margin, but the rest is indented 0.5 inches from the margin.
- List sources in alphabetical order.
- List an accurate word count at the end.
- See complete formatting guidelines: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_formatting_and_style_guide.html)
Your annotated bibliography is worth 20% of your final grade in the course. It will be evaluated according to the following rubric:
Includes five useful, reliable secondary sources, including two scholarly sources: /20
Sources correctly documented in a properly formatted MLA 8-style bibliographic entry: /20
Summaries provide clear explanations of main idea and main points of each source: /20
Responses critically evaluate, analyze, and reflect on the usefulness of each source: /20
Annotations are written using good diction, grammar, sentence structure, and mechanics: /20