Research Assignment Overview of Sources

Due Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Submission Instructions: Bring printed copy to class and submit digitally (on Box)

Assignment Description: A bibliographical overview of important sources for your research project.

Item Percentage Due Date Link
Research Assignment Initial Question 10% Thursday, October 12, 2017 Click for More Details
Research Assignment Overview of Sources 15% Thursday, October 19, 2017 See Below
Research Assignment Introduction and Outline 15% Thursday, October 26, 2017 Click for More Details
Research Assignment First Draft 20% Thursday, November 09, 2017 Click for More Details
Research Assignment Final Draft 40% Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Click for More Details

For this assignment, you will provide an overview of 8-10 high quality, academic sources. The ratio of primary sources to secondary sources is up to you, as it will depend greatly on your topic. However, peer reviewed articles and scholarly books (or book chapters) are encouraged over web-based resources. Looking for sources listed on the "Guide to Further Reading" in The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book would be an excellent idea.

An overview of sources or annotated bibliography provides a brief account of the most important research on your topic. It is a list of research sources that includes concise descriptions and evaluations of each source. Each annotation begins with a "Works Cited" style entry for the source, and is a followed by an annotation. The annotation must have a brief summary of the source's content, as well as an assessment of why the source is relevant to your research question. Each annotation should be 5-6 sentences long.

The purpose of this assignment is partly to demonstrate the quality and depth of reading that you have done. It is also a chance to sit down and really consider the availability of sources related to your research question. Do you have enough material to do the assignment justice? If not, it might be time to refine your research question.

Your work must be:
  1. typed in 12 point Times New Roman font
  2. stapled if longer than one page
  3. handed in on time
Your submission must have:
  1. Numbered pages if longer than one page
  2. Proper citations. Use Chicago style citations (consult a handbook or see me if you have questions about how to do this).