The annotated bibliography format we observe uses standard MLA format. In two distinct parts, the annotated bibliography provides information about the book’s printing and its content. The bibliography provides information about the author, the exact title of the publication, the publisher, copyright and medium in which the text is published. Examples of a medium are film, print, and web. Additionally, a brief narrative annotation (summary) is included for each entry. Write your annotation in PRESENT TENSE, and if not writing about the entire book, enclose the numbers of pages being summarized in parentheses following the medium of publication. Here is a sample for a book:
1. BIBLIOGRAPHY — Entire Book:
Lastname, Firstname M.I. Book Title. Publication City: Publisher, Year of copyright. Medium.
2. BIBLIOGRAPHY — Section of Book:
Lastname, Firstname M.I. Book Title. Publication City: Publisher, Year of copyright. Medium. (PAGE - PAGE)
3. BIBLIOGRAPHY WITH ANNOTATION — Sample:
Obama, Barack H. Dreams From My Father. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1995. Print. (1-54) The son of an African father and a white American mother tells his story of growing up in the U.S. He talks of the life with and without his parents, adventures as a youth in Indonesia, and his response when he learns that his father has been killed in a car accident. This is an insightful look at Mr. Obama's life, published before he became president of the U.S. in 2008.
Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1999. Print. Jean Rhys's novel is based on Charlette Bronte's Jane Eyre. It depicts lives destroyed by colonialism, and is a tale of race. An example of women's literature. This is a tragic love story.
4. BIBLIOGRAPHY — Journal:
Lastname, First M.I. "Article Title." Journal Title ISSUE (year published): startpage-end-page. The abstract follows here, giving a short review of contents of the published article to which the researcher refers.
5. SPECIFIC JOURNAL SAMPLE:
Waite, Linda J., Frances Kobrin Goldscheider, and Christina Witsberger. "Nonfamily Living and the Erosion of Traditional Family Orientations Among Young Adults." American Sociological Review 51 (1986): 541-554. The authors, researchers at the Rand Corporation and Brown University, use data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women and Young Men to test their hypothesis that nonfamily living by young adults alters their attitudes, values, plans, and expectations, moving them away from their belief in traditional sex roles. They find their hypothesis strongly supported in young females, while the effects were fewer in studies of young males. Increasing the time away from parents before marrying increased individualism, self-sufficiency, and changes in attitudes about families. In contrast, an earlier study by Williams cited below shows no significant gender differences in sex role attitudes as a result of nonfamily living.
6. BIBLIOGRAPHY — FILM
List films by title. Include the name of the director, the film studio or distributor, and the release year. If relevant, list performer names after the director’s name.
The Usual Suspects. Directed by Bryan Singer, performances by Kevin Spacey, Gabriel
Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, and Benicio del Toro, Polygram, 1995.
7.ASSIGNMENT: Write annotated bibliographies
Formatting on the blog is easy if you write using HTML, but impossible if you do not. For example, the blog may not show underscores (underlining) unless you use HTML tags. To indicate where an underscore belongs precede and follow the text to be underscored (such as a publication’s title) add an underscore before and after the text. (For example: _The Wide Sargasso Sea_.)
Write annotated bibliographies for the following documents:
1. Guidelines on plagiarism 2. The Push excerpt we read in class 3. The excerpt from I Learned Everything I Need to Know in Kindergarten 4. The independent text you selected to read in class 5. “The Mutability of Literature” (English 12:8)