Now that youâ€™ve started some initial research, it is time to engage some of the important ideas and debates surrounding your research question.
Part 1: Find five sources that connect to your research question. Take notes as you read. Become familiar with each authorâ€™s point of view. What insight do they provide? What ideas are discussed in the texts that you could apply to your own research? What is the rhetorical situation of each source?
Part 2: Once you have read over each article thoroughly, compose an entry for each text in an annotated bibliography. This bibliography contains not only an accurate citation for your sources, but your own typed notes on the relevant content and ideas of each text. Your annotations should sum up key ideas in your own words, and describe the authorâ€™s positions as they relate to your topic. Furthermore, use your annotations to engage your texts as you explain them â€“ show how the ideas of the texts relate, agree/disagree, and how each one contributes something distinct to your own research ideas.
All sources should be relevant to your research paper; do not include sources you know will be of little use to you in composing a draft of your research paper. You may use either MLA or APA format for the annotated bibliography, but must be consistent in the style you choose.
Use only secondary (and primary, if applicable) sources in your annotations. Do not use tertiary sources such as Wikipedia, Ask.com, news briefs, etc.
Print this document and bring to class on Tuesday, March 24
Save this document. You will continue to expand and revise it throughout the research process. The full annotated bibliography, including 8-10 sources, is due April 7.