Read this. I'll give you more details next week. Assume 5-10 sources, on a topic of your choice. I'll decide on the number over the weekend. You'll have 2 class periods to work on.
Purpose: to provide bibliographic information for your sources
to demonstrate that you have read and understand each source
to make clear each source’s argument or perspective
to evaluate each source’s value to your research
• Properly formatted bibliographic information (use the format required by your instructor—MLA, APA, and Chicago are the most common, although there are several other formats.)
• A statement of the author’s training and credentials that establishes his or her credibility on the subject.
• Concise summary of the main points of the source and the methods used to make those points (this should also cover the scope of the information—how broad, how deep).
• Identification of the point of view or perspective from which the source was written—this will include any biases as well as the probable audience.
• Commentary on the usefulness of the work to your research and research in general.
• Relevant links to other work done in the area, like related sources, possibly including a comparison with some of those already on your list. You may want to establish connections to other aspects of the same argument or opposing views.
Annotations can be written in a variety of ways, but most commonly, and for this assignment, they take the form of an organized paragraph, which incorporates complete sentences and all the other niceties of academic writing.
London, Herbert. "Five Myths of the Television Age." Television Quarterly 10.1 (1982): 81-89.
Herbert London, the Dean of Journalism at New York University and author of several books and articles, explains how television contradicts five commonly believed ideas. He uses specific examples of events seen on television, such as the assassination of John Kennedy, to illustrate his points. His examples have been selected to contradict such truisms as: "seeing is believing"; "a picture is worth a thousand words"; and "satisfaction is its own reward." London uses logical arguments to support his ideas, which are his personal opinion. He doesn't refer to any previous works on the topic. London's style and vocabulary would make the article of interest to any reader.
Waite, Linda J., Frances Kobrin Goldscheider, and Christina Witsberger. "Nonfamily Living and the
Erosion of Traditional Family Orientations Among Young Adults." American Sociological Review 51.4 (1986): 541-554. Print.
The authors, researchers at the Rand Corporation and Brown University, use data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women and Young Men to test their hypothesis that nonfamily living by young adults alters their attitudes, values, plans, and expectations, moving them away from their belief in traditional sex roles. They find their hypothesis strongly supported in young females, while the effects were fewer in studies of young males. Increasing the time away from parents before marrying increased individualism, self-sufficiency, and changes in attitudes about families. In contrast, an earlier study by Williams cited below shows no significant gender differences in sex role attitudes as a result of nonfamily living.