Prompt Sheet: Annotated Bibliography
This assignment should begin with an introduction that explains the scope and intent of your research. The introduction should include your research question, how you went about selecting your sources, and where you see your research heading. Remember: you are not trying to convince me of anything with this paper. The purpose of research is to find truth, so your question should not be one based on opinion or speculation, but rather one that can be defended by literary/social theory and ethnography. The introduction should be two or three paragraphs long. Next comes the actual Bibliography. All citations should be from reputable sources (meaning no blogs, Wikianything, etc.). List your sources alphabetically by author, using MLA style format. I expect you to use between 7 and 10 sources. Each item should be followed by: * an annotation or descriptive and critical evaluation of the resource demonstrating clearly how this item relates to your topic. (See sample annotations.) * a brief explanation of the process through which you found the item – catalog search, database search, works cited of another article or book, referred by instructor. Should only be about a sentence long. (See sample annotations.)
Consider the following aspects of the source when writing annotations: * Content: What is the resource about? Is it relevant to your research? Why or why not? * Purpose: What is the source trying to do? Why was the book/article written? * Usefulness: What does the source do for your research? Can you use the entire source? A portion? Or none of it? * Reliability: Is the information accurate? Does the author back up his/her claims? Is the source written by someone with the appropriate credentials? * Currency: Is the article up-to-date for your topic?
Sample Citations and Annotations
“How we Learn” MemoryLifter. 11 Oct. 2005. 25 Oct. 2005...
Citations: and Annotations
“How we Learn” MemoryLifter. 11 Oct. 2005. 25 Oct. 2005
While this website has some interesting information about memory and learning, it is a commercial site with the goal of promoting its product, the MemoryLifter. Despite a couple of good diagrams and some useful information, the majority of the site is dedicated to the products they provide. There is a link for contacting the site creators but it doesn’t have any information other than a phone number and email address. There is no page with “About Us” information and no references are provided for the information on memory and learning. I would not use this site in my research paper unless I could corroborate the information with another more-trustworthy source. I accessed this resource through Google.com.
Squire, Larry R. and Eric R. Kandel. Memory: From Mind to Molecules. New York:
Scientific American Library, 1999.
Geared for a broad audience with an interest in science but nonscientific backgrounds, this book provides a “rudimentary background” for the biology and cognitive psychology involved in studies of memory. The authors intended this book to be an overview of what is currently happening in the scholarship and research in psychology and neuroscience. The text is peppered with illustrations, graphs, charts and models to illustrate the authors’ points and contains an extensive bibliography as well as a comprehensive index. The authors’ credentials include a PhD. for Larry R. Squire, a professor of Psychiatry, Neurosciences, and Psychology and an M.D. for Eric R. Kandel, founder of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University in New York. Topics include: “molecules for short-term memory” and “priming, perceptual learning, and emotional learning.” Chapters of this book may be helpful in writing my research paper for providing background information on perception and scientific explanations of how memory works. I found this book in the Dominican University online catalog.
Technicalities: 3-5 pages, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins. In the upper right hand corner: Your Name, My Name, English 1304, Date. Page numbers in the bottom right corner. Correct MLA format (go here for references/examples: http://www.writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/DocMLAWorksCited.html.) All papers should be STAPLED.
Due Date: November, 20, 2012
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