How to use this LibGuide
This library guide is designed to help you with your Final Project--especially the research you will need to do for it--and your Annotated Bibliography.
The guide takes you on a step-by-step process of doing research, from general to specific information.
However, feel free to use this guide's tabs in any order.
Remember that librarians are always available in person or by phone to help you with research. Please come by the Reference desk or call us any time the library is open.
As a reminder, here is the part of your assignment relating to research:
Do I have to have outside research?
Yes, for either option, you must include one outside source to substantiate your claims, and support from the texts about which you are writing is also mandatory. This source must be a credible source from a Pierce College database or physical collection. No use of Wikipedia, SparkNotes, GradeSaver, online analysis sites, etc…will fulfill this requirement and should not be included formally or informally. The essay requires one piece of credible outside research, but the logic is wholly yours to develop. Do not rely on any outside source for the development of your ideas.
For either option, an annotated bibliography of one quality outside source used to develop the ideas is required. (No annotation of course materials is needed or accepted).
- A bibliographic citation in MLA format: This is the same as what will appear on a Works Cited page. It must follow MLA format and include all mandatory components.
- One paragraph clearly summarizing the source: Summarize the outside source using frequent signal phrases, including all main ideas, and remaining completely objective. (A summary is a brief, neutral, objective presentation of a source’s main ideas.)
- One paragraph evaluating the source, considering the following concepts from the following categories: authority, reputation, timeliness, stability, significance, and bias in relation to your research project.
- One paragraph responding to the source, including how this source has impacted you, what it has taught you, why this is the right source to use for development of the project.
The work will be assessed based on the quality with which you meet the specifics of these directions, along with the credibility of the sources.