Annotated Bibliography On Gun Control

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Annotated Bibliography Due Date: 29th September, 2011 A bibliography is a list of sources (books, journals, websites, periodicals, etc.) one has used for researching a topic. Bibliographies are sometimes called "references" or "works cited" depending on the style format you are using. 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 each of the sources. Your annotation must: • Summarize: What is/are the main argument(s)? 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? (We will be talking about the art of summarizing and paraphrasing in class.) • Assess: After summarizing a source, it may be helpful to evaluate it. Is it a useful source? How does it compare with other sources in your bibliography? Is the information reliable? Is this source biased or objective? What is the goal of this source? • Reflect: Once you've summarized and assessed 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? Suggestions for Writing Annotations • Content: What is the resource about? Is it relevant to your research? • Purpose: What is it for? Why was the book or article written? • Usefulness: What does it do for your research? • Reliability: Is the information accurate? Do other sources support the conclusions? • Authority: Is it written by someone who has the expertise to author the information? • What are the author’s credentials? • Currency: Is it new? Is it up-to-date for the

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