Final Assignment – Annotated Bibliography


This assignment will require you to research one of the following topics:

The Protestant Reformation
The Scientific Reformation
The Industrial Revolution
Henry Ford
The Practice of Absolutism
Henry VIII and the English Reformation

The student will create an Annotated Bibliography on one of the above topics. Ten entries are required. These entries will consist of seven (7) articles and three (3) books. A minimum of 4-5 sentences is required for each entry.

Articles must be taken from serious, scholarly journals. Articles from Wikipedia, newspapers and “popular’ journals are not acceptable. We will discuss this further in class.

Your entries will consist of single spaced paragraphs. Each paragraph must be separated by double spacing. All entries must be documented according to MLA format. A sample Annotated Bibliography will be distributed.

You are not writing a paper for this assignment. You are simply demonstrating that you are able to locate and access sources that would allow you to conduct proper research.

Due Date: you will turn in your Annotated Bibliography when you turn in your Final Exam.

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited. This would allow them to judge whether or not this would be a source they would elect to consult in the preparation of a paper on this topic.

Creating an annotated bibliography calls for the application of a variety of intellectual skills: concise exposition, succinct analysis, and informed library research. First, locate and record citations to books, periodicals, documents, and websites that may contain useful information and ideas on your topic. Briefly examine and review the actual items (these items do not need to be read in their entirety). Then choose those works that provide a variety of perspectives on your topic. Cite the book, article, or document using the proper MLA format (see below). Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the book or article. Include one or more sentences that (a) evaluate the authority or background of the author, (b) comment on the intended audience, (c) compare or contrast this work with another you have cited, or (d) explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic.

Hourani, Albert. A History of the Arab Peoples. New York: Warner Books, 1991.
In one of the most respected books on the Arab experience Hourani provides
an excellent overview of major developments from before the time of Muhammad’s
birth through the latter part of the twentieth century. In particular the issues and
events that led to the split between the Sunni and Shia sects is clearly elucidated
in a very balanced account. Hourani is a well-respected researcher and writer on
Arab affairs as well as Professor of Middle Eastern History at St. Andrew’s College,
Oxford. Due to its broad scope and readability this book would appeal to people
who have some knowledge of Arab history, but who are not necessarily looking for
greater detail. It covers much more general information than any of the other
sources noted, and is more scholarly in its treatment of the schism than is
Pasternak’s article. It is a critical resource to understanding both the background
to the issue and the impacts that the schism has had on modern times.

McIvor, S.D. (1995). Aboriginal women’s rights as “existing rights.” Canadian Woman Studies/Les Cahiers de la Femme 2/3, 34-38.
This article discusses recent constitutional legislation as it affects the human rights of aboriginal women in Canada: the Constitution Act (1982), its amendment in 1983, and amendments to the Indian Act (1985). It also discusses the implications for aboriginal women of the Supreme Court of Canada’s interpretation of the Constitution Act in R.v. Sparrow (1991).
Example 2: Identifies the argument:
McIvor, S.D. (1995). Aboriginal women’s rights as “existing rights.” Canadian Woman Studies/ Les Cahiers de la Femme 2/3, 34-38.>
This article seeks to define the extent of the civil and political rights returned to aboriginal women in the Constitution Act (1982), in its amendment in 1983, and in amendments to the Indian Act (1985). This legislation reverses prior laws that denied Indian status to aboriginal women who married non-aboriginal men. On the basis of the Supreme Court of Canada’s interpretation of the Constitution Act in R. v. Sparrow (1991), McIvor argues that the Act recognizes fundamental human rights and existing aboriginal rights, granting to aboriginal women full participation in the aboriginal right to self-government.

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