Final Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a comprehensive bibliography on a topic that includes annotations. Annotations are summaries identifying the main argument, evaluating the argument (assessing its value), and explain why it is important/relevant for your topic. Researchers use annotated bibliographies to become familiar with a topic before they write a research paper or conduct research on that topic. Going through this process helps you learn about a topic of interest to you without writing out a full research paper on it. It’s a method of independent study with a certain degree of flexibility. The annotated bibliography project for our class involves two assignments: a proposal and the final annotated bibliography (the final annotated bibliography builds on the work you did for the proposal). To complete both, you must choose an anthropological topic of interest to you (and approved by me), find six sources on the topic, four of which must be scholarly sources about it, and read up on the topic. You will then turn in an annotated bibliography on your topic. The proposal is a first step towards the final annotated bibliography. The topic you choose can be anything related to one of the subfields of anthropology. You need a topic that is not too specific such as: macaque food procurement in Varanasi, India. It also shouldn’t be too broad: primate-human interactions. Instead, choose a narrowed topic that you will still be able to find information on such as: primate-human interactions in major cities. The Final Annotated Bibliography: For the Final Annotated Bibliography submit: A three-page essay in which you what you learned about your topic from your sources; you should use in-text citation from your sources in your three-page essay. A bibliography with at least six sources listed in MLA format (you can use the sources and annotations you used on your proposal for these; make sure you fix them according to my feedback). An annotation of two paragraphs directly after each source on your bibliography What should my annotations look like? Here is an excellent resource on annotated bibliographies: http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/specific-types-of-writing/annotated-bibliography (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Example #2 is what you need to do for your first paragraph of each annotation. For the second paragraph, read where it says “Assessing the relevance and value of sources” further down the page. What kinds of sources can I use? Scholarly sources include: articles from library databases, reference materials from library databases, and books from the library. Four of your sources must be from these materials. Other sources: you may use websites for two of your sources if they are credible, thorough, and make their sources clear. For example, the Primate Info Net is a website of University Wisconsin-Madison: http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. It is not a beautiful site, but it is credible and informative. (If you aren’t sure about a source you found, get in touch with me and I can look it over.) Wikipedia is not a credible source. Formatting: Use 12-point font, double-spacing, and 1 inch margins for both the paper and the bibliography. (Double-space the annotations for your bibliography.) Citation formatting for the bibliography: Use in-text citations for all summarized, paraphrased, and quoted information. Use MLA style for your citations (APA or Chicago style may be used with instructor permission). Citation guidance with videos is posted in Canvas in the “Resources” module. Do not use Wikipedia as a source.

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