annotate the 10-12 articles that are narrowly focused on your topic.
works cited / bibliographic entry for all articles based on either APA /
entry with the bibliographic citation (follow APA / MLA format from your
style handbooks, Chapter 20 in Everything’s an Argument or use
that are longer than a single line are reverse-indented (first line is
flush, subsequent lines are indented).
Skip a line
then write descriptive and informative summaries of the article.
least 2-3 significant quotes per entry. Quotes should be key to the
argument; don't just pick any random quote. Cite quotes.
articles overlap or conflict in terms of key ideas.
how you might use this source in your larger report.
in alphabetical order by author's last name.
single-spaced with a space between entries.
formatted sample on next page.
literature review is a critical look at the existing research that is
significant to the work that you are carrying out. It is not
just a summary of relevant research. It is important that you
evaluate this work and put it into dialogue – how do the articles speak
to and against one another? How do they support / refute your own
position? Show how it relates to your work
Here are some of the questions your literature
review should answer:
What do we
already know in the immediate area concerned?
What are the
characteristics of the key concepts or the main factors or variables?
What are the
relationships between these key concepts, factors or variables?
What are the
Where are the
inconsistencies or other shortcomings in our knowledge and understanding?
What views need
to be (further) tested?
What evidence is
lacking, inconclusive, contradictory or too limited?
(further) the research problem?
contribution can the present study be expected to make?
research designs or methods seem unsatisfactory?
literature review will be 5 pages long. Follow in-text citation format
consistently (APA or MLA for both Unit 3 and Unit 4).
English 101 - 09
Ulmer, William A.
"Christabel and the Origin of Evil." Studies in Philology 104.3,
2007: (376-407). Web.
29 Sept. 2011
"Christabel and the Origin of Evil" by William Ulmer focuses on
the Geraldine’s role as a
physical embodiment of evil in Coleridge’s poem “Christabel.”
Ulmer contends that one of the
reasons it is unfinished is because “the poem can imagine moral
corruption but not moral
redemption” (406). You should start each entry with the article
title and author followed by a
short description of the article's main idea (or thesis). The
first sentence should contain the most
basic information you would need for introducing your article in
the body of your paper. It might
feel repetitive to put the title right after the citation, but I
want you to practice the form for your
papers in here. In a "true" annotated bibliography, that first
sentence would be
unnecessary. Follow that
descriptive summary (the single sentence) with a longer informative
Include one or two key quotes, either in the summary section or in the
Again, you're laying the foundation for your paper: by including
key quotes now - as you read -
you won't have to re-read and re-search the entire article (or
all 10-12 articles again) when it's
time to write paper 4 (days or weeks from now). For this
assignment, conclude by identifying
overlapping or contrasting themes that emerge between articles
and stating how you might use
this source for your own argument.
is worth 25% (250 points) of your overall semester grade.
150 points = annotated bibliography (format and quality will also
be considered in assessment)
A = 12-10 entries B = 10-9 entries C = 8-7 entries D = 6 entries F = 6-5
100 points = literature review (organization, intro/conclusion,
incorporation of quotes, etc. will also be considered in assessment)
Grouping of Ideas
a sophisticated sense of grouping (by idea rather than author).
demonstrates a strong sense of grouping (by idea rather than by
demonstrates some sense of grouping (by idea rather than by author),
but it likely includes lapses in this organizational pattern at the
level of general ideas.
material by author rather than by general topic; as a result, it
does not evidence a synthesis of the material.
group material in any logical manner.
Evidence & Support
demonstrates an ability to effectively employ the source material,
and it is characterized by the sophisticated integration and
judicious deployment of quotes, paraphrases, and summaries
supports specific points with adequate evidence from sources; the
paper is characterized by a clear and accurate use of quotes,
paraphrases, and summaries
sufficiently support all of its specific claims and/or uses evidence
that is weakly connected; uses quotes, paraphrases, and summaries;
though mechanically accurate, is especially clunky.
display some understanding of using source material, but the use of
quotes, paraphrases, and summaries is ineffective; lacking
sufficient context and/or relies on overly-succinct summaries,
which amount to little more than lists.
support its claims with evidence. The paper seldom employs quotes,
paraphrases, or summaries, if at all.