Produce an evaluative annotated bibliography that collects, summarizes, and explains the best secondary sources available on your narrowed topic (there will also be an in-class research presentation, five minutes in length, worth 5% of your final grade). Many of the sources collected will be scholarly. The annotated bibliography will 1) summarize the source 2) explain its rhetorical context (the journal and its audience, the purpose of the article, the conversation/debate it references, its genre conventions, its organization, the evidence it marshals in support of its argument, and/or its disciplinary assumptions and values) and 3) articulate the ways the source helps you understand your research topic in all of its complexity.
The bibliography should contain 3 or more sources, each with a correct citation, a paragraph telling the reader the main argument and main points of the article, a description of the rhetorical context (the journal and its audience, the purpose of the article, the conversation/debate it references, its genre conventions, its organization, the evidence it marshals in support of its argument, and/or its disciplinary assumptions and values), and a couple of sentences talking about why you choose this article, about what it helps you understand about your research topic. You will need to include copies of all your sources.
Develop a narrowed research topic and focused research question
Find articles using library databases pertinent to your topic (Proquest and Academic Search Complete)
Adapt research topic based on early findings
Read, evaluate, summarize, interpret, and describe sources
Draft citations for peer review
Present research to class
Revise for feedback from peers
Submit two copies of the final draft of your annotated bibliography, a draft with feedback from peers, and copies of all your sources
Annotated bibliographies will be evaluated on how relevant the sources are to each other and to the narrowed topic at hand. They will also be evaluated on the degree to which they fully engage these sources in the paragraphs that summarize and explain it.