Engl 2550: Introduction to Composition

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Engl 2550: Introduction to Composition

Assignment 2a: Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a list of research sources (the bibliography) with comments about the sources (the annotations).

This assignment requires you to identify three sources you plan to use for your research paper (Assignment 2c), and explain why these sources are valuable to your project.

  • Read the articles listed below: note that the articles apply to Assignments 2a, 2b, and 2c.
  • Choose one of these articles as the starting point for your research. Do not summarize your chosen article for this assignment.
  • Formulate a research question inspired by your chosen article: identify an issue or concern related to the topic of the article that you want to explore.
  • Do research using the library’s online academic databases. Acceptable research sources include scholarly journal articles, and e-books and print books from academic presses.
  • Revise your research question and do more research as necessary. This research question will appear at the beginning of your annotated bibliography.
  • Once you have a good idea of the argument you want to make in your essay, select the three sources that will be most useful to you in making this argument. Note that your chosen article from the list below cannot be used as one of the three sources.
  • Ensure the articles you are using are peer-reviewed using the STAR method.
  • Provide your research question at the beginning of your assignment, after the title, but before your first source.
  • Using APA format, list the three research sources in alphabetical order and, in a short paragraph after each entry, write a concise summary of each source followed by a short (one or two sentences) explanation of how this source will contribute to your argument and support your own ideas about the topic. The summary of each source must include:
  • The author’s thesis or central claim
  • Key points made by the author to support that claim
  • The value of the source to the essay you plan to write: How do you intend to use the source, and why? How do the conclusions or evidence in the source relate to your own conclusions?


All of your sources must be peer-reviewed. Websites are discouraged for academic research, and are not generally peer-reviewed unless they are an online distribution of a scholarly journal.

This assignment should be 400-500 words, excluding the title page and reference citations.

A sample annotated bibliography is available on the library website, under the home tab of the APA guide. Please use this example as a template for your own assignment.


“Opioid-Mediated Placebo Responses Boost Pain Endurance and Physical Performance: Is It Doping in Sport Competitions?” by F. Benedetti, A. Pollo, and L. Colloca (p. 420)

“Fat Studies: An Invitation to Revolution” by M. West (p. 451)

“The Sixth Extinction?” by E. Kolbert (p. 471)

Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms” by J. M. Metzl and K. T. MacLeish (p. 770)

“A Different Kind of Simakanis” by C. Halton (p. 820)

“After Not Guilty: On Sexual Assault and the Carceral State” by K. Toth (p. 937)

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