Resources, Unit 2

Annotated Bibliography Resource

Here’s a guide from Cornell University on how to create an annotated bibliography.

The guide gives the following example of an entry:

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.

The writer of this annotation compares it to another source he or she is using, which is great. Remember, in the annotated bibliography you create for English 102, I want you to be really explicit in stating how each source will be used.

Resources, Unit 2, Unit Guidelines

Questions for a Proposal Argument (from MyCompLab)

Now that you have thoroughly researched your topic, you should have a clearer idea as to what your final assignment will be on. Essay 2B requires you to write a paper proposal for your final essay in this course. Your final essay will take the form of a extended, source-based, argumentative research essay.

For this building assignment you should answer each question with a minimum of 2 targeted sentences each (at least 10 sentences in total). The questions are:

1. Your proposal should demonstrate the existence of the problem. Therefore, you should answer why this problem is important?

2. Your proposal will need to allude to possible solutions to the issue. Therefore, how do you think the problem could be solved?

3. What are some of the main ideas of the critical research you have done on the problem already?

4. What is a gap, hole, or shortcoming in the ideas of this research? In other words, your goal should be to fill this gap in the present critical thought–what is the gap that needs to be filled?

5. What are areas of further research that you will need to complete?