There are two tasks: Annotated bib and evaluation of a peer’s annotated bib.

Annotated Bibliography

The topic you will use must be approved by your instructor. If you would like to change your topic (not recommended), you will need instructor approval.

Annotated Bibliographies are a list of citations for sources on a topic. The annotated bibliography will look like a Works Cited page, but includes an annotation after each source. You will be writing evaluative annotations. Your annotations will include a summary and a critical assessment of the source(s).

You will be develop analytical, reflective, MLA, critical thinking and communication skills by writing an annotated bibliography. Your audience will be your peers. You will need to consider that not all of your peers knows about or understands the topic.

To write an evaluative annotation, you will need to:

  • Cite the source correctly using MLA guidelines
  • Write the summary of the article
  • Write an evaluation of the author and source
  • Write an explanation of source related to your topic

a.Describe the main ideas, arguments, themes, theses, and identify the intended audience.

a.Explain the author’s expertise, point of view, and any bias he/she may have

b.Identify the observations or conclusions of the author

c.Compare to other sources on the same topic that you have also cited to show similarities and differences

d.Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the source

a.Explain why the source is useful for your research topic and how it relates to your topic

Each section above should be one paragraph, between three to seven sentences long (about 150 words). So, for each annotation, you will have three paragraphs. Your first paragraph may begin at the end of your citation. See example below of an annotation with ONLY a summary of the source formatted this way.

Markowitz, Ronald. “Graceland.” St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, T. Riggs (Ed.). 2nd ed., vol. 2, St. James Press, 2013, p. 520. Gale Virtual Reference Library,… =lincclin_tcc&it=r&p=GVRL&sw=w&asid=090cc3242f27ec90970bac2a0b2360ce. Author Markowitz, a sociologist who has taught at California State University, describes Graceland in the context of the American Dream. This encyclopedia entry frames the mansion as a status symbol in the rags-to-riches trajectory of Presley’s life. In addition to providing significant dates and facts from the history of the building, information included within the article can be used for understanding the continuing appeal of the mansion for visitors.


  • 5 Sources from Ivy Tech Library Databases
  • Formatted in MLA
  • If you paraphrase or quote, you must cite in-text. No plagiarism.
  • Must be original work for this course.
  • Each citation must have all three required components (summary, evaluation, and explanation).
  • Annotations must use specific language and contain proper grammar.

oAt least one article must be on the opposing side of the argument

oOne must be a primary source

§Original documents such as diaries, speeches, letters, interviews, eyewitness accounts, clinical reports, case studies, dissertations, etc.

oTwo of your articles must be peer reviewed

oCitations and paper

oNot used in another course and/or paper


_____ Assignment follows directions (MLA formatting, 5 sources and each have all components of the

annotation, length requirements, etc.) –5pts

_____ Summaries are accurate. Main idea of each source is identified. -15 pts

_____ Evaluations address validity of source. Credentials of authors are relevant. Relationships to other sources

is apparent and thought out. -15 pts

_____ Explanations are well-written, unique to the sources, avoid vague statements and are the appropriate

length.-10 pts

_____Citations are correctly cited using MLA. – 5 pts

_____ Total 50 pts

You can choose the primary article, when you deliver just tell me which one did you use. Keep everything short and to the point while addressing the requirements fully. I also need you to evaluate the attached annotated bib. Here are the guidelines:

Peer Review Questions:

  • Summaries
    • Is the document formatted properly? Why or why not?
    • Is the citation formatted properly? Why or why not?
    • Is the summary clear? (Do you know what the article is about?)
      • Do you need more information? If yes, what?
      • Could your peer add to the summary? What?
      • Could your peer take away from the summary? Why?
    • Summaries should be 3-6 sentences in length.
  • Credibility Statements
    • Do you feel the author is credible from the credibility information? Why or why not?
    • Do you feel the source is credible from the credibility information? Why or why not?
  • Comparison
    • Is each source compared to a different source and it is clear to which source is being referred in each?
    • Did your peer explain at least one similarity and one difference?
    • What did your peer do well with the comparison?
    • What recommendations do you have for your peer in regards to the comparison?