Final Project Step 2: Annotated Bibliography

  • WHEN : Due by Friday, Oct. 30, 11.59PM.
  • HOW Submit on Canvas a a link to a blog post. Use the word bibliography in the title of the post, and add to the category hst137.
  • WHY: A bibliography shows me where you're looking for and finding materials, and helps me to help you to find sources that fit with your project. It also happens early enough in the timeline that you can adjust course if it turns out you cannot find the right sources to fit your initial idea, or if you come across something way cooler than your initial idea and you want to adjust course.

WHAT: An annotated bibliography is a list of sources you have read and assessed useful for further use. You include the full bibliographic reference and a paragraph describing how this text will be useful for your project.

  • Use Chicago Notes and Bibliography style- use the Bibliography formatting for this exercise.
  • Strive for at least three sources (chapters, articles, or full-length books, even if you won't read the whole book). If you cannot find three reputable sources, provide an overview of your search process: where did you search, which terms etc. Remember for Chinese terms there may be an alternative transcription. This will help me to guide you towards more/other materials.
  • Each annotation should include:
    • A brief (3 sentence) summary of the contents of each.
    • A brief explanation of how you intend to use this information.
    • Shortcomings you noticed in the source (doesn’t answer a particular question, reasons why you think it is not sufficiently scholarly to use, etc.)
    • You may not yet have the answers to all the questions but you should explain clearly why you think this piece of text is worth your very precious time.
    • This is why the exercise from week 9 and 10 to learn to assess your findings is so important!
  • Here are useful instructions on the format and some examples from Trexler Library, and here are some concrete examples from the OWL at Purdue.
    • Note that the Purdue OWL examples give much longer annotations, but a paragraph will do.
  • Note that your list of useful resources will grow, and may change if your topic leads you in a different direction. This is a normal part of the research process. (If you already had all the answers, where is the fun and excitement in research?)
"Bibliographie d'histoire coloniale : 1900-1930 Espagne / Rafael Alatamira; Oto Capdequi; Societe de l'Histoire des Colonies Françaises." by Fondo Antiguo de la Biblioteca de Humanidades, Uni is licensed under CC PDM 1.0