Major Writing Assignment Three

Building an Annotated Bibliography


Students will compose an annotated bibliography using, a digital curation program. The topic of your annotated bibliography is self-determined. I encourage each student to choose a topic they are interested in since this research will eventually be used for an argumentative essay (MWA 4). If you need help finding a topic, try looking at the small list in the SWA 5 guidelines or watch any news source for thirty minutes. Hopefully, you will be inspired. I also recommend looking at issues within your current or potential career field. There are usually new ideas being circulated within any occupation.

The annotated bibliography should have at least ten sources (listed below) and follow the traditional structure of a MLA annotated bibliography as much as possible.

However, it will be placed in Scoop.It instead of being submitted in a traditional hard copy format. Therefore, you will not turn in a Word document of the assignment, only the link pasted to a document so I can view it online. (NOTE- You will need to submit a Word .doc in the dropbox that has the URL link to your

Your curation annotated bibliography should have at least ten sources that follow the guidelines provided in the Unit 3 materials for each source posted. When it is complete, each student will post on the Padlet website (link is in this unit). Also, I need a link in the MWA 3 dropbox on a document file since the D2L dropbox does not accept naked links.

Scoop.It Tutorial

What is a MLA annotated bibliography?

A bibliography is an alphabetically arranged list of titles, authors’ names, and publication dates for a set of books, articles, and other sources consulted in preparation of a report, research paper or article, or as a research tool for a given topic. An annotated bibliography furnishes critical or explanatory notes in addition to the bibliographical listing; in other words, an annotated bibliography is simply a bibliography that contains a commentary of each reference used. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and content of the source cited. The audience is looking for a wide range of research to be informed about the topic you are researching.

How is an annotation written?

The annotation that will accompany each bibliographic entry averages around ten to twelve sentences on the contents of that source. However, there is no specific rule regarding length. The commentary takes the form of a descriptive abstract of the work.

Below are the components for each source's annotation:

  1. Position the text: Whose interests does the article represent? To what audience is it directed?
  2. Summarize the text: What are the main ideas? What is the author’s point? What conclusions does the author come to?
  3. Analyze the text.

You will also need to provide the general publication information for each source similar to what you would provide for a Works Cited page. There is a sample annotated bibliography provided in the Unit Three content.

Types of sources to use

To make sure you are fully exploring this issue you must include:

  • A podcast, audio-only recording, or broadcast transcript of a program
  • A scholarly journal article
  • An online newspaper article
  • A visual image such as a picture or graph
  • A YouTube or other video source clip
  • Online book or essay from an online book
  • Blog
  • Non .com site
  • Two of your choice

Note: Text-based sources must be at least 300 hundred words in length.

Additional Note:

  • You do not have to turn in your sources in hard copy form. You do need to make sure that you have correct bibliographic entries so your readers can easily find the information. If your Annotated Bibliography entries are incorrect, and your sources are therefore inaccessible, then you will be penalized. In order to assist me in checking your sources for validity please provide an informal list of URL’s in a separate document.

Paper Specifications

Page length:

  • None- this is all digital except for the list of URL's provided for my assistance in finding your sources. The list goes in the MWA 3 dropbox.


  • MLA guidelines for each annotation and its citation
  • URL link provided on Padlet wall. If the ULR has the word "editor" in it, I cannot open it. Please be sure to save and then use the "Share" link option. If you get a visual icon on the Padlet wall of a source from your, you have probably done it correctly.


  • Follow the rules for an annotated bibliography covered in the unit content and in our texts as they apply to a digital format

Number of Sources

From the annotated bibliography:

  • A minimum of ten sources from the pre-assigned list
  • MWA 3's that do not have the full ten sources will be penalized
  • Using inappropriate sources will hurt your ethos as a writer, and thus hurt your grade.


  • Not required

Late penalties

  • See syllabus.

Use of 1st and 2nd person pronouns

  • Avoid using “you” at all times. Its use is informal and indefinite.
  • Try not to not use “I”. Even if you are providing an informed opinion, you don’t need to use “I” to do so.
  • You can use “I” or “me” if you are quoting an author.

Specific MWA #3 parameters

  • Must use specific sources stipulated as part of the assignment