Research Essay Thesis and Annotated Bibliography Worksheet
You will compose a close reading research essay with an annotated bibliography. For this worksheet you wlil find 2 academic sources. Remember, though, this sheet is only meant to help you begin your research, please read the assignment prompt for details about which text(s) to include and how many sources you need in your essay’s official annotated bibliography. A close reading entails going through the poem or story line by line in order to explain and analyze it. Often, in order to understand the wider significance of a work of literature, you must do some research about it. An annotated bibliography is one way in which you can organize your research. An annotated bibliography is just simply a lengthier, more descriiptive works cited page and it takes the place of the works cited page so only the one annotated bibliography is needed. The annotated bibliography not only lists each book/article/website or other source but also describes what type of information each contains and how that information could be used in the particular essay you will be writing. First write the citation for each source you are using. Then, underneath each citation you will write at least three sentences describing what information is contained within that source and how it may be useful to your essay. You will need at least two sources compiled in an annotated bibliography for this assignment and for all of your essays.
See the examples on the next page for information on how to format your annotated bibliography and how to format your assignments in MLA format. You can also visit the Purdue OWL Annotated Bibliography Page here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/common_writing_assignments/annotated_bibliographies/annotated_bibliography_samples.html
The essay directions for this annotated bibliography is attached.