The description part of the annotation, the summary, should give brief and accurate explanations or paraphrases of the following elements of the cited source:
• The author’s thesis (the overall argument, the fundamental interpretative claim)
• The main points that the author makes to develop that thesis
• The evidence that support the thesis and main claims
• In addition to paraphrase and summary, your annotation should include quotations that illustrate some point particularly well, or exemplify an important aspect of the text, such as the author’s argument style, or the kind of evidence the author presents.
The evaluation part of your annotation may address questions including, but not limited to:
• Is the cited source interesting?
• Does the author make a convincing argument?
1. And how convincing?
2. Or are some parts convincing, but not others, and why?
• Does the author present valid and sufficient evidence to support her claims?
• Did this text change the way you understand the primary text? How?
• How does this source compare to other sources in your annotated bibliography?
To compose your annotated bibliography, you must first choose a research topic. At the most general level, that means that deciding to research either Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, or Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, or Baldwin’s Sonny’s Blues. But that is only the first step; next, you must narrow down your focus to more specific topics, such as those listed below. Once you have determined your specific research focus, you are ready to start putting together your list of works cited. Your list must contain at least four research sources. Write a 100-250-word annotation for each research source cited.

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