Hi Everyone, This week, you should be working on finding sources for your annotated bibliography and creating an outline for your research paper. The assignment: Writing Assignment 3: Outline/Annotated Bibliography (OUTBIB) Create a formal, detailed outline of your paper. “A formal outline can help writers refine ideas in the prewriting process by organizing key points of any serious writing into a clear, logical framework and by keeping writers from wandering off the topic. It serves as the blueprint of a to-be-finished product. Most students find that producing a well-organized outline before they begin to compose will make the writing task easy.” (University of Minnesota) Create an annotated bibliography that includes at least 5 academic, outside research sources (Everything’s an Argument does not count as a source) and a summary of each source. “An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.” (Cornell University) Both the outline and the annotated bibliography MUST be submitted in the SAME document. There are samples of an annotated bibliography and a formal outline posted at Handouts and Help at the class Blackboard site. Research Sources You must use at least 5 academically-appropriate research sources and 5 essays from the IRW textbook in this assignment – your annotated bibliography should include at least 10 sources. Your research sources must be college-level sources. You MAY NOT use the following sources: Dictionaries (online or in print) Encyclopedias (online or in print) Wikipedia Study guides Papers written by other students (online or in print) For information about appropriate sources, visit the Handouts and Help at the Blackboard class site. Format Be sure to use in-text citations for ALL quotes and examples from the text. In addition, you MUST have a Works Cited page at the end of your writing assignment. ALL assignments must be submitted in proper MLA format. For help with MLA style guidelines, read Chapter 22 in EAA and visit the Purdue OWL website and search for MLA: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ Do not use first person (I, we, us, our) or second person (you, your, you’re). Academic writing often requires the use of third person and a formal tone; in this course, I want you to practice this type of formal writing. College-level papers should always be written in third person, using a formal tone, unless the assignment/professor specifies otherwise. Please let me know if you have questions.
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