Knowledge: After doing this assignment you will know how to
1. analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.
Skills: After doing this assignment you will be able to:
1. Explain the features of the Gilded Age and the issues on society, culture, and politics
2. Summarize Industrialism and Urbanization
2. to include inquiry, analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of information
3. to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written communication
What is a Bibliography?
According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary:
Definition of BIBLIOGRAPHY1 : the history, identification, or description of writings or publications2 a: a list often with descriptive or critical notes of writings relating to a particular subject, period, or author b: a list of works written by an author or printed by a publishing house3 : the works or a list of the works referred to in a text or consulted by the author in its production— Examples of BIBLIOGRAPHY
- The instructor provided the students with an excellent bibliography on local history.
- The book includes a lengthy bibliography.
An Annotated Bibliography is most closely associated with definition 2a above, a list of works with descriptive or critical notes.
“Information Literacy” is a term that describes the process of finding, evaluating, and effectively using information. In our case it would be for historical research but it can be used in any academic (or personal) situation. To help you learn how to access, evaluate, and use information well, do the following assignments.
For each annotated bibliography assignment I will give you the required documents. You will not write a research paper over the topic, but you will produce an annotated bibliography of your sources. [See the note following the assignment about what that is if you don’t know already.]
Use the Chicago-style sheet as your guide.
First, summarize the source, including the source’s thesis, key points, and the most significant detail or evidence supporting those points. If someone asked what this document was about, what would you say? What is the purpose of the document? What topics are covered? What are the main arguments?
Second, evaluate the source. Think about why did the author create the document and why was it written for and why?
Do not merely copy the author’s words—that’s plagiarism and it defeats the entire point of an annotated bibliography. Rewrite each source’s information entirely in your own words so that you will remember it and so that others can know if it is a source they should consult.
“An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, (who wrote, what the document is about, when and what time period written, where was it written, and why is the document significant in history/historical context-place in history, time and place give the background) the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.”
per libguides at Jenkins Garrett Library @ Tarrant County Community College
EXAMPLE: REVIEW & USE AS A GUIDE, DO NOT INCLUDE THE ITEMS IN RED.
Approved documents: Annotated Bibliography choose THREE documents to read from below and complete assignment as explained and as the handout example shows. Do not use any other documents or research any other documents.
Samuel Gompers, The American Federation of Labor (1883) samuel-gompers.pdf
Jacob Riis, Excerpt from How the Other Half Lives (1890) other-half-lives.pdf
Homestead Act of 1862homestead-act-1862-1.pdf
The Chinese Exclusion Act chinese-exclusion-act.pdf
Declaration of War (1898), President William McKinley declaration-of-war-1898.pdf