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As you review the following notes for the Annotated Bibliography portion of the IEP,
please pay particular attention to the information that is highlighted in yellow. These are
items that you may want/need to change and/or delete before distributing this document
to your students. As you revise this document for distribution to your own classes,
please remember to include the grading breakdown/percentage that you have
assigned to this project.
While this sample syllabus and the accompanying schedule of readings and
assignments both specify that students will submit the Issue Exploration Essay to their
ePortfolio site at the end of the semester, instructors may choose to have students
submit a different piece of writing (ex. the Midterm Portfolio). You may also request that
students submit work to their SLCC ePortfolio sites at any point during the semester.
The Annotated Bibliography is worth [insert the percentage you’ve assigned too this
portion of the IEP here] of your grade for the final Issue Exploration Project (IEP).
The Annotated Bibliography is a formal, typed assignment that illustrates your work with
MLA format (author, title, publication info, dates, site addresses, etc.). It is formatted
using current MLA conventions (alphabetical order by author’s last name OR by the first
main word of the title if no author is listed). The main difference between this
assignment and a regular list of works cited is the inclusion of brief annotations for each
source that you’ve used in your Issue Exploration Essay. This means that in addition to
evaluating your use of proper MLA citation, focus will also be placed on your evaluation
of each source and your rationale for choosing them.
The Annotated Bibliography portion of the IEP is designed to illustrate three things:
1. A collection of your research for the IEP
2. Your ability to document research using MLA format (author, title, publication
info, dates, site addresses, etc.)
3. Your ability to effectively and succinctly evaluate your research and your
rationale for choosing the different sources
Overall, the annotated bibliography should include notes on at least 4-5 sources; you
may certainly include more if you’d like.
As part of your work for the IEP, you will create the following documents:
1. A rough draft of the Annotated Bibliography (thus should include around 9
preliminary sources) which you will submit on Canvas as either a Word document
or PDF file during Week 13
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2. A revised draft of the Annotated Bibliography (pared down to around 4-5
sources) which, along with your revised Issue Exploration essay and a brief self-
assessment, you will submit to your SLCC ePortfolio site by midnight on
Thursday, December 6th
Refer to the information that follows for a sample annotated bibliography entry.
Sample Annotated Bibliography Entry
Kristof, Nicholas. “Girls for Sale.” New York Times. New York Times, 17 January
2004. Web. 15 November 2010.
Many people believe that slavery was only an issue during the American Civil War, that
is does not happen today. This is not true. In this article, Nicholas Kristof discusses the
problem of modern-day slavery. This article focuses on the stories of two young girls:
Srey Neth, who was sold into the slave-trade in Cambodia by a female relative, and
Srey Mom, a young girl who wants to return to her village and see her family. Kristof
ends his article by promising to try and buy the freedom of these two girls ($150 and
$70, respectively) and promising to write more the following week about his attempts to
free them. Because I am focusing on the sex trade here in the USA, I wanted to also
see how this issue affected other parts of the world. Mr. Kristof has travelled and written
extensively on this issue, so we can trust his article as a credible source.