Citizen United and the Breakdown of Democracy.

Citizen United and the Breakdown of Democracy.

Assignment Overview

The annotated bibliography is a companion to theassignment. The purpose of an annotated bibliography is to help you to evaluate sources and determine what others have said about the topic you’re researching. In short, an annotated bibliography helps you get familiar with the ongoing conversation about your topic, which is necessary for eventually writing an informed argument about your topic.

When you write an annotated bibliography, you create a list of research sources that you summarize,  evaluate, and reflect upon. Building an annotated bibliography while you conduct research allows you to better understand and organize your research.

Assignment Guidelines

Each source in your annotated bibliography should be a source you synthesize in your . Each source in your annotated bibliography starts with an MLA citation and then follows a four sentence pattern that 1) identifies the author and his or her credentials as well as his or her thesis, 2) identifies the medium or genre of the source and evaluates its credibility, 3) identifies the intended audience of the source, and 4) explains how the source can be useful in your research project.

Step 1:  To annotate a source, first cite the source in correct MLA format

Step 2:  Break down the source into the four sentence pattern:

Sentence 1 (Credentials and Thesis):  Joseph Gould, a noted journalist covering issues of public policy and elections for the Washington Post, argues that the Citizens United decision has irrevocably undermined the democratic process of our electoral system.   

Sentence 2 (Medium / Genre and Evaluation):  Gould constructs a thesis-driven, book-length, academic argument in the field of political science.

Sentence 3 (Audience):  Gould’s audience consists of academics in the field of political science and public policy as well as public officials.  

Sentence 4 (How You Can Use This Source): This source provides information about the effects of Citizens Unitedthat I can use to support my thesis, and because it is written by a noted expert it lends credibility to my argument. 

Annotations should be written as paragraphs and should follow the four sentence pattern above.  Do not include labels, bold text, or spaces between sentences. These are provided here so that you can more easily identify the parts of the annotation. Yours will look more like this:

Gould, Joseph.  Citizen United and the Breakdown of Democracy.  New York:  University of New York Press, 2012. 

Joseph Gould, a noted journalist covering issues of public policy and elections for the Washington Post, argues that the Citizens United decision has irrevocably undermined the democratic process of our electoral system. Gould constructs a thesis-driven, book-length, academic argument in the field of political science.

Gould’s audience consists of academics in the field of political science and public policy as well as public officials. This source provides information about the effects of Citizens United that I can use to support my thesis, and because it is written by a noted expert it lends credibility to my argument. 

Your annotated bibliography must include at least six sources. At least three sources should be peer-reviewed academic sources or otherwise approved by me before submitting this assignment’s deadline. Sources should be listed in alphabetical order by the first word of the works cited entry (usually, this will be the author’s last name).

Annotations should be specific and include details; however, they should not include any quotes.  All of the writing should be your original writing.

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