Annotated Bibliography

Using Emory’s library resources, begin investigating your keyword or another topic related to one of our readings (but not an author biography). This is exploratory research. If you already have an argument in mind, change your topic.

The annotated bibliography should have 6 items, of which at least 3 are peer-reviewed articles from the MLA International Bibliography. (That’s Modern Language Association, by the way.) Each entry should follow the MLA guidelines for listing works cited.* When you cite sources, pay attention to the difference between books and journal articles, and between print and web.

I have very specific expectations about what you need to include in each entry, so please follow the template (PDF). You can write in point form or in paragraphs.

We’ll discuss at least two examples of annotated bibliographies. The first one, onĀ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, is in essay form. Conversely, the “Transatlantic 1790s” bibliography was created for the web. Memorial University, Purdue OWL, and UNC also have useful tips and examples.

Grading rubric with a sample entry (PDF)

Early submission date: Monday, March 2, at 9:00 p.m.
Hard deadline: Friday, March 6, at 9:00 p.m.


*If you’ve never seen MLA style before, do the best you can and try not to stress out about it too much. It’s really not that important. In fact, it’s worth only 12 points out of 60.