Humanities. Annotated bibliography
Topic: Compare and contrast society during the early Renaissance in Europe to contemporary society.
Each of your annotations should be approximately 150-200 words. For an example of a well-executed annotated bibliography, please follow the link below:
Annotated Bibliography Assignment:
Create a complete Annotated Bibliography for 2 academic scholarly sources, which include your introduction and thesis, publication details, and the annotation (see below for examples of each component).
Scholarship means that
the author has a Ph.D. or other terminal degree,
the work appears in a multi-volume, peer-reviewed journal,
and has ample references at the end.
Good annotations capture publication details,offer a student introduction and thesis, and a detailed reading of the source, covering the following:
1.Offers the student’s introduction and thesis to the best extent s/he knows it at this point in time,
2.Summarizes key points, and
3.identifies key terms (using quotation marks, and citing a page in parentheses);
4.Locates controversies or “problems” raised by the articles;
5.States whether the student agrees or disagrees and gives reasons;
6.Locates one or two quotations to be used in the final research project; and
7.Evaluates the ways in which this article is important and has helped the student to focus his/her understanding.
Example Introduction/Thesis to a Student Paper:
It never ceases to amaze me that we pay so little attention to the greatest bulk of our intelligence—that is, the quality of thinking that helps us adapt, deal with stress, love, and live lives of fulfillment. Aristotle argued that educating the mind and not the heart is no education at all. For decades, educators have focused on cognitive skills because they are testable and, therefore, metrics can be applied to them. This kind of education, testing, and then metrically interpreting results has governed American education for decades. And the results have been losses of creativity, imagination, courtesy, civic interest, and the ability to invent businesses that serve people and advance us as a society. Although measurable skills are important, they are not exclusively important, and in fact lose value when separated from an education in the heart, the spirit, and the abstract qualities that make students fully human and excellent participants in a healthy society.
Example Publication Detail Capture:
Mezirow, J. (2003). Transformative learning as discourse. Journal of Transformative Education, 1(1), 58-63.
In this article, Mezirow (2003) makes a distinction between “instrumental” and “communicative” learning. “Instrumental learning” refers to those processes which measure and gage learning, such as tests, grades, comments, quizzes, attendance records and the like. “Communicative learning,” on the other hand, refers to understanding created over time between individuals in what Mezirow calls “critical-dialectical-