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ENG 122: Academic Writing II [Research Essay] - (Barngrover, Fall 2019): Research Essay / Annotated Bibliography

Research Essay Guidelines

Assignment Description:

  • Choose a popular media source that is significant to you (film, TV show, video game, etc.).
  • View this work with a critical eye and analyze how it portrays a specific community (African American, Latino, LGBTQ, etc.)
  • Conduct research to discover what other critics and reviewers have to say about said media and this community.
  • Your voice and your opinions will be part of an ongoing dialogue.
  • Form an argument about how this chosen media portrays the community in question.

Assignment Criteria:

Length:  1300 - 1500 words (about 5 1/2 - 6 pages)

Resources:

  • At least 4 credible secondary sources
  • Books, scholarly articles, online magazines or newspapers, or interviews

Format: 

  • 12 point, Times New Roman font,  1 inch margins, double-space
  • MLA header on upper -left-hand side; page # on upper right-hand side
  • Include in-text citations and a Works Cited Page

       (See the MLA tab in this LibGuide)

 

Annotated Bibliography Guidelines

Assignment Description:

Create an annotated bibliography, which is a list of citations for your sources that includes a summary and evaluation of each source.

Each annotation should prove the following:

  • Where is this source from and what makes it credible?
  • What are the main arguments and points of this source?
  • What are any subjective biases or shortcomings in the source? Do you agree or disagree with them?
  • What is the source's purpose and role in your research? How do you plan to use it?

Assignment Criteria:

Length:

  • 600 - 700 words (about 2 1/2 - 3 pages)
  • Annotations will be written in paragraph form and should be about 200 words each.

Resources:

  • 4 credible secondary resources
  • Books, scholarly articles, online magazines or newspapers, or interview

Format:

  • 12 point, Times New Roman font,  1 inch margins, double-spaced
  • MLA header on upper -left-hand side; page # on upper right-hand side

       (See the MLA tab in this LibGuide)