Task: as part of your research, you will create an complete annotated bibliography of all works you may use (no less than EIGHT sources, including Carr, and no more than 20 sources). Each annotation should contain two separate paragraphs: 1) a 75-100 word summary of the main ideas of the source and 2) your 75-100 word analysis of the source, including why you think the source is useful in your own research.

Important Note:

It is important to be thorough with this activity because your final paper may only use the sources that you deploy in this annotated bibliography.

How to write an annotated bibliography:

  • First, locate and record citations to books, periodicals, and documents that may contain useful information and ideas on your topic. Briefly examine and review the actual items. Then choose those works that provide a variety of perspectives on your topic.
  • Cite the book, article, or document using MLA style.
  • Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the book or article. Include one or more sentences that (a) evaluate the authority or background of the author, (b) comment on the intended audience, (c) compare or contrast this work with another you have cited, or (d) explain how this work illuminates your topic.

Due Now:

No less than THREE complete annotations with MLA-style citations (plus your thesis sentence at the top).

Research with the Databases through the CCP Library

Doing research for this section of English 102 will require you to make use of the various databases offered by the CCP Library. These databases are expensive, and the college subscribes to them for your use. In other words, the cost is included in your tuition.

What Are Databases?

A database is essential a collection of data organized for searching with its own search engine. Google is a search engine that allows you to search the web, which is itself a database. However, the web is an indiscriminate body of data, a collection of myriad kinds of texts and images of varying kinds and qualities. And most of what is found on the Internet is inappropriate for quality research.

The databases provided by the library have already been judged to offer access to knowledge that is relatively or highly reliable. This is why English 102 requires that you make use of the databases.

How to Access the Databases

To access the college databases, do the following:

  1. 1) Log onto MyCCP .
  2. 2) Looktotheleftcolumnonthehomepage.Youwillsee“StudentQuickLinks.” Click on this link
  3. 3) Anumberofoptionswillopenforyou.Scandowntoyoufind“Library Databases.” Click on this link.
  4. 4) Youarenowonthepagewiththefullcurrentcollectionofallthecollege’s databases. The names of the databases are in alphabetical order.