Annotated Bibliography

How are you doing on ¡Yo!? Are your sources turning out to be helpful? Have you determined which passages or ideas from the sources you want to include in your first draft? Does your introduction with thesis statement still work to express your ideas or does it need some tweaking? Does the outline you drafted work to support your thesis, now that you actually have some source material to add into the body paragraphs in support of your thesis?

Use the first part of the week to add the final touches to your research. Once you have a collection of 8 to 12 scholarly sources that you think say something on your thesis, put together your annotated bibliography and turn it in. Follow these steps.

  1. From your collection of 8-12 tentative scholarly sources, select the 4-6 sources you think may be the most useful for your paper.
  2. Skim through the relevant sections of all 4-6 sources completely and carefully, highlighting or underlining main ideas and passages you may want to refer to in your paper.
  3. Write short summaries or “annotations” (about 5 to 7 sentences each) of these 4-6 sources.
  4. Paste each of the 4-6 source annotations into your APA style reference page, right below where each source is listed.
  5. Do a final edit. Is your APA citation correct and complete throughout the document? (Remember, you can check APA style in your college’s Online Library.) Did you remember to put the listings in alphabetical order, for instance? Are your annotations free of mechanical errors?

Remember your Course Materials section contains some helpful Notes on Quality Research.

Submit your completed assignment to the drop box below. Please check the Course Calendar for specific due dates.

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The Big Picture

In Literature of American Minorities, you are reading selected works by several groups of so-called minority authors of the United States. The intent is to learn about some of the important literary movements and themes within their cultural contexts. To apply your learning, you will read and study the novel ¡Yo!, by Julia Alvarez from the Dominican Republic.


Write a 6-7 page research paper in which you critically evaluate the novel, ¡Yo!, on a structural or thematic level. You may also choose to compare and contrast the structural or thematic elements of the novel with those of another fictional text you have read, either in this course or elsewhere.


Project ¡Yo! is due at the end of Week 11, but preliminary pieces of the assignment are due during Weeks 03-10, according to the following Time Line. You will receive feedback along the way to help you do the best job possible.

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