Annotated Bibliography Assignment
Prepare an annotated bibliography of 10 items on _________, using a variety of sources, including at least six of the following:
Examples of annotations
a subject encyclopedia
document from the Internet
nonprint media (videotape, audiotape, etc)
- Your annotations should contain an evaluation of each item. Evaluate each source by:
Keep a log of your information search strategy. Note which indexes, reference sources, and catalogs you used, and indicate which were most helpful and why.
examining the credentials of the author and the reputation of the publisher or periodical;
determining how well the author supports and documents statements made;
identifying any bias;
deciding whether the publication date is current enough for your subject;
describing how the material would be useful if you were writing a research paper on the topic.
Following are two annotations for the same book. Notice that the first one is descriptive and analytic, and the second one is vague and devoid of information.
Davis, Susan G. Spectacular Nature: Corporate culture and the Sea World experience. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.
Documents and analyzes how the for-profit entity Sea World creates a false understanding of the nature of wild animals. Published by a university press, this scholarly work is heavily footnoted and uses many sources to provide factual information. The author’s thesis, that Sea World misrepresents animal behavior through a false environment, is supported by evidence from hours of studying the Sea World shows and interviewing the people who train and perform with the whales. The description of how the shows are choreographed and incorporate theme park distractions further illustrate how Sea World is a “managed” experience.
This book was well-written and informative. It told all about how corporate culture affects the Sea World experience. The authors really seemed to have expertise on the subject. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
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