Annotated Bibliography

An Assignment for Graduate Students

Download the Annotated Bibliography Assignment guidelines (.pdf)

Due: December 8, 10:00 PM

Submission: Email or Blackboard (to be determined)

General Assignment

Over the course of the semester, you will need to read ten (10) articles to supplement the class material (roughly one per week). The articles should deal with the course topics, but can reflect your interests within those topics. While I encourage you to find readings, you can use any of the substantial “optional” texts listed on the schedule. (For instance, for Week 2, while I asked you to read one of the optional texts, you could use either or both of the other two for this assignment. Likewise, you could use the documentary McLuhan’s Wake from Week 3 or Julia Flanders’ “The Literary, the Humanistic, the Digital” from Week 6.) By substantial, I mean the equivalent of at least 10 pages. The readings can be print or online.

While not required, do feel free to ask me if a particular reading might be appropriate. You are also welcome to email me sample entries for feedback.



Your annotated bibliography should be prefaced by an introduction that situatites the bibliography within the course and your program of study and should explain any research questions or guiding principles you used to select your readings. (If your annotated bibliography has a theme or focused topic, explain what it is and why; likewise, if your choice of readings was guided by a desire to explore widely, explain that.)


Please follow MLA format for annotated bibliographies. First, cite the article. Then, after skipping a space, compose a paragraph (approximately 250-350 words), single-spaced that both summarizes the article and evaluates it. Evaluation might involve

  • explaining why you would or would not recommend the article to other students in the course or other graduate students in the program; and/or
  • comparing the article to other readings (for the bibliography, the course, your other classes), explaining how the article expands, supplements, differs, complicates, supports, etc.


The conclusion of your annotated bibliography should discuss what you got out of compiling the bibliography. For example, have your readings helped you identify future research questions or subjects you’d like to explore more thoroughly? Have your readings sparked ideas for future teaching or projects? changed your understanding of English studies or possibilities in teaching?

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