extra work 1

Annotating a bibliography…

  • encourages you to think critically about the content of the works you are using, their place within a field of study, and their relation to your own research and ideas.
  • proves you have read and understand your sources.
  • establishes your work as a valid source and you as a competent researcher.
  • situates your study and topic in a continuing professional conversation.
  • provides a way for others to decide whether a source will be helpful to their research.

For Our Purposes:

Sentence 1 (must be one sentence):

  • Name of author
  • His or her credentials
  • “argues that ______” or “surveys the field of _____” etc. + thesis or main purpose

Sentence 2 (possibly 2 sentences for longer/complex works):

  • Refined statement of the progression of the argument – this will somewhat restate the thesis at times, but it should explain how the texts argument proceeds, what ground it covers, maybe including a note about its method or approach

Sentence 3 (possibly 2 sentences):

  • Example or citation of the type of sources it utilizes or references
  • and/or its relation to a broader field of discourse
  • and/or its relationship to your project (if on a larger list)

Sentence 4:

  • What type of readers will find this useful – don’t bother stating the obvious, be specific: what interests will this work satisfy? what needs will it address within a larger project?
  • and/or the context in which this text appeared (especially for chapters in a book or articles)

Sample entry:

Wright, Will. “Introduction: The Hero in Popular Stories.” Journal of Popular Film and

Television 32.4 (2005): 146-148.

Wright, a professor of sociology and author of several books on popular stories, argues that heroes should not be defined exclusively by any particular cultural moment or critical interest because we might then overlook what heroes across cultures share. To support his argument, Wright reminds us that the very structure of language down to basic grammar implies a narrative where human actions change situations – the first ingredient for heroism. Wright’s purpose in this brief introduction is to address the cultural specificity of heroes identified in subsequent essays, while reminding readers that each of these hero shares certain generic characteristics such as activism and decisiveness. The article is especially geared toward readers of the journal who might get lost in the “transient issues of cultural fashion” when reading about a nontraditional hero such as the Eurasian female kickboxing anthropologist, Sydney Fox.

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