An Introduction to the Assignment:
Your final project of the semester is two-fold:
Part 1: The Annotated Bibliography:
First you will write an annotated bibliography (i.e., annotations of scholarly research studies) on a media-related topic of your choice. An annotated bibliography is a list of citations of scholarly journal articles, books and/or book chapters. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually 150-200 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph (i.e., the annotation). The purpose of the annotation is to discuss the relevance, usefulness and quality of the scholarly literature. In short, your annotated bibliography helps you to organize and keep notes on the many articles that will ultimately inform your literature review paper. (*A minimum of 12 annotations is required for your final annotated bibliography).
Part II: The Literature Review Paper
For the second component, you will complete a critical, in-depth literature review based on the scholarly literature you have located and examined. A literature review summarizes, interprets, and critically examines existing scholarly literature (i.e., published journal articles, book chapters) in order to establish current knowledge of a subject and identify remaining gaps in the research (i.e., questions that are in need of answers).
Length: 12 to 15 pages, plus title page and works cited page
Due: November 20
Required Scholarly Citations: A minimum of 12 scholarly sources/citations
Why Write a Literature Review?
VERBS THAT DESCRIBE WHAT TEXTS DO
adds details about …
asks us to sympathize
asks the question(s)
cites an expert
tells a joke
dramatizes (i.e., tells a story about)
draws a conclusion
shows the writer’s own feelings
gives an example
provokes an emotion
gives background info
demonstrates the writer’s qualifications to talk about the topic
-- And there are many, many other things that a text can do, as you’ll see when you start examining texts in this way, and consciously planning your own texts in this way.
Of course, to make a complete statement, you have to include exactly what the paragraph proposes, or describes, or suggests, or gives details about, or explains, or what emotion it provokes in the audience, etc.
(Adapted from Bean, Chapman, and Gillam, Reading Rhetorically, Pearson, 2012 – who are in turn drawing from the work of Kenneth Bruffee)