The purpose of this assignment is to move you further into the research process
The purpose of this assignment is to move you further into the research process and to get you
one step closer to delivering a research-supported oral report. Because Project 3 and 4 are
connected in a way, it might help to refer to the Oral Report description in that module. You are
composing an annotated bibliography so that you will have a strong body of source material
when you give your report. In Project 3, you will:
● Produce documents appropriate to audience, purpose, and genre.
● Analyze the ethical responsibilities involved in technical communication.
● Locate, evaluate, and incorporate pertinent information.
● Edit for appropriate style, including attention to word choice, sentence structure,
punctuation, and spelling.
An annotated bibliography is like an expanded Works Cited (MLA) where your reader sees not
only the formal citation but a paragraph, containing a summary and explanation of each source.
Your annotated bibliography should include five (5) sources–a minimum of three of these
should be from the HCC library. You will locate your material as e-books or articles within the
No more than two sources can be from the Internet; however, any Internet sources must be
credible—otherwise they will not count in the five sources needed. For the purposes of this
class, Wikipedia is not a credible source.
You can think of the Annotated Bibliography as having the following structure:
● The annotated bibliography will begin with a research question along with a statement
of why this question deserves to be answered. You will also be asked to include your
tentative thesis statement which will be the answer to the research question.
● You will then list your sources according to MLA citation style as you would on a Works
Cited page. Each formal citation will be followed by a short paragraph containing:
1. A summary of the work in your own words
2. An evaluation of the work in your own words
• This is an indication of the credibility, authority, or bias of the source: as you
move closer to a research-supported report, you’ll need to carefully think
about how your sources’ credibility will be supporting your own credibility
(or ethos). Some ways you could demonstrate credibility are listing how you
found the source (via the library databases), that the source comes from a
respected publication (such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal,
or a peer reviewed scholarly journal), or that the author has credentials
relevant to the topic.
3. A statement of how the source might fit into your report in your own words—that
is, how it will be useful to you based on your tentative thesis.
A sample Annotated Bibliography with explanatory notes is included in the assignment
materials. There are also more examples of Annotated Bibliography entries in the Project 3