Annotated Bibliography Assignment
Topic: Should community college be free?
In this assignment you will develop an annotated bibliography for six Articles. The six articles have been attached to the body of this assignment. You Must read them.
Follow these guidelines to develop the annotations for each of the SIX sources.
· Cite the sources, using MLA Works Cited entry format.
Understand the central idea of what the expert is saying.
Note down the main points that the expert is making to support his/her central idea.
Develop a brief (100 word) summary of the whole article.
From the main points, identify and evaluate those points that are relevant for your position on the topic and summarize them. You should use paraphrasing, direct quotations, and summaries to integrate the evaluation of these points.
The THREE necessary parts of each Annotation:
· Cite: Provide relevant publication information in MLA format.
· Summarize: What are the main arguments of the source? What is the author trying to say?
· Evaluate: Once you’ve summarized the source, you need to ask how it fits into your research. How was this source helpful to you? How does this source fit into your research project? Has it changed how you think about your topic?
o The citations must be listed according to alphabetical order and must follow the conventions of Works Cited.
o The citation must be followed by the annotation, which must be single spaced and about 150 words long
Here is a sample of an annotated source about an article defending liberal education. Please do not include these in your own annotated bibliography .
Decatur, Sean. “The Winner; A Liberal Education.” Room for Debate.
The New York Times . 25 January 2011, Web. (Citation)
Decatur addresses the controversy regarding the recent book Academically Adrift. Rather than highlight the negative findings about the quality of college education in America, he highlights the positive findings. Specifically, he emphasizes two points. First, he notes that students who take liberal education courses fare better than undergraduates who pursue more technical fields. Second, he indicates that rigorous courses demanding intensive reading and writing tend to increase learning. His overall conclusion is that an intensive liberal arts education is well suited to forge workers for this economy, and that we should recognize those benefits as we formulate our ideas about what kind of higher education is important (Summary). I like Decatur’s approach to addressing the uproar about the book’s findings. Rather than emphasize all of the negative aspects, he focuses on the strengths of the American education system and how we can accentuate those to our advantage as a nation. I have some questions about this research, though. Specifically, I am curious how the various tests gauge what is “good” education. I can see this source fitting into my key idea about the general education learning that a student in college must to be successful in higher education and in a career field (Evaluate).
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