1,500 word minimum

First Draft Due: April 7

Final Draft Due: April 12


For this assignment, you will compile a 1500-word annotated bibliography. This document will include three sources exploring the research question you developed regarding a social justice issue. This is not a traditional research essay. It does not begin with a thesis. Instead, you begin with a question and do research to seek answers.

A quick note: You will use the research from this assignment for a later assignment, so be sure you truly are interested in your topic.

Annotated bibliographies are used when doing research to help the researcher keep track of multiple sources and ideas. Usually the information gathered is needed for a larger project; therefore, it is important to keep the information organized. Used in almost every field, annotated bibliographies allow for an exploration of a topic or question, and help the researcher compile data and information for anyone interested in learning about the topic.

Your annotated bibliography will include the following:

  • your research question
  • an introduction
  • an entry for each of the three sources (see detailed instructions below):
    • the MLA bibliographic citation
    • a summary
    • a rhetorical analysis
    • important quotations
  • a conclusion

A template for how your annotated bibliography should be formatted and organized can be found in here and in the Course Profile.

Detailed instructions on how to write entries in annotated bibliographies can be found here and in the Course Profile.

Here are the grading criteria for this project:

 Your annotated bibliography…

  • is informative about the topic and includes sources that offer a variety of information and viewpoints.
  • includes three sources in total; at least one (but not all) should be multimodal.
  • includes all assigned sections and is easy to read with regard to formatting (spacing is consistent, fonts and headings are professional looking, etc.).
  • uses MLA in-text citation when quoting from sources.
  • lists the sources in alphabetical order.
  • uses language, transitions, word choice, and grammar that is appropriate for the genre.
  • has been carefully proofread.
  • meets the required word count: at least 1500 words!
  • has been submitted on time.