Now that you’ve chosen a topic for you research paper, it’s time to find research material related to that topic and evaluate which references will be most useful for your final paper.
A bibliography is a list of sources (books, journals, Web sites, periodicals, etc.) used for researching a topic. A bibliography usually just includes the bibliographic information (i.e., the author, title, publisher, etc.).
An annotation is a summary and/or evaluation. Therefore, an annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of all or some of the sources.
For this assignment, I’d like to you annotate at least four of the sources on your bibliography. You should be sure to summarize all four of the sources. Additionally, you should reflect on at least three of them.
Summarize: What are the main arguments? What is the point of this book or article? What topics are covered? If someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say?
Reflect: Once you’ve summarized a source, you need to ask how it fits into your research. Was this source helpful to you? How does it help you shape your argument? How can you use this source in your research project? Has it changed how you think about your topic?
To find the sources you will need to research your topic, check the library catalog, the resources recommended under the “Going Further” menu heading on the course’s Blackboard site, and the links suggested on this page: http://csueastbay.libguides.com/art
You should format your bibliography according to Chicago style and organize it alphabetically. If you aren’t sure how to do this, I recommend looking at the book A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers by Kate L. Turabian, University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London, Seventh Edition, 2007, which is available at the campus library. To double check on formatting of individual entries, this website may also be helpful: http://web.calstatela.edu/library/guides/3chicago.pdf