Project 1

Project 1 | Annotated Bibliography: Researching and Summarizing Conversations

Project Description/Assignment

You will create an annotated bibliography based on the following requirements:

  1. An introductory paragraph providing an overview of your topic or historical figure (200-250 words) that
    1. Summarizes your topic
    2. Explains the major concepts
    3. Introduces the historical context and
    4. States your research question
  2. Six bibliographic entries of 200 words each on your chosen topic or historical figure accompanied by an appropriate MLA or APA citation. Three of your sources must be published between 2000-2010 and three of your sources must be published between 2011-Present. Each entry will include an analysis of the article’s rhetorical situation, succinct summary of the ideas contained in the source, and discussion of each article’s historical context. Each entry should consist of two paragraphs:
  • One paragraph summarizing the source
  • One paragraph that connects the source to the research question and discusses the credibility of the source



In Project 1, you will develop a research process, learn that academic conversations occur within a historical and rhetorical context, and learn how to trace these conversations over time. Your audience for this paper is an audience of academic peers who is less knowledgeable about the subject or historical figure.


Sample Format






Intro paragraph (200-250 words)

        Summarize topic or historical figure

        Explain major concepts

Introduce historical context

States research question

Source 1 (MLA or APA Citation Format)–Two paragraphs; 200 words combined

Summary paragraph (What the article is about)

Context paragraph (Connects source to research Q; Discusses credibility)

Source 2 (MLA/APA Citation Format)–Two paragraphs; 200 words combined

Summary paragraph (What the article is about)

Context paragraph (Connects source to research Q; Discusses credibility)

Sources 3-6 (Repeat the process)


Assessment and Peer Review

This project will be evaluated by your instructor and peers using the Project 1 Annotated Bibliography Rubric and guidelines listed above.

Using MyReviewers, you will provide feedback via peer review. The peer review process allows you to respond to your peers’ drafts as fellow writers working toward the common goal of producing properly formatted, useful and insightful annotated bibliographies based on the Project 1 Rubric. Both you and your peers will be using each other’s comments and recommendations to improve your work. Thus, your individual commitment to peer review has a real impact on the success of the entire class.


Terms You Should Know

  • Annotated Bibliography: A list of sources that contains a bibliographic entry, summary, and analysis for each source
  • Synthesis: The merging of various articles’ arguments and concepts in order to develop a wider understanding of a topic or historical figure and their historical context
  • Analysis: A breakdown of an article’s arguments, concepts, and historical context
  • Peer-Reviewed Source: An article written by an expert in a given field that is assessed by other experts in the same field to ensure the article’s quality. The article is then published in an academic journal.
  • Historical Context: Facts or writings that surround an event, situation, historical figure, or topic
  • Research Question: The question that guides the research you are conducting. The purpose of researching is to answer a proposed research question.
  • Rhetorical Situation: The way a text functions as described by the relationship between the writer, audience, and topic


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