- ENGL 1302 Annotated Bibliography Assignment
For this assignment, you’ll compile a list of sources that discuss varying perspectives and approaches to the social, political, or ethical problem you choose to write about this term. For each source, you’ll include an MLA-formatted Works Cited entry, then two fully-developed paragraphs discussing that particular source.
The first paragraph will be a summary of the source, including at least one quote you’ve taken from the source that you think represents the thesis, or main point, of that source. That paragraph should also include a description of the evidence or details the author uses to support that point.
The second paragraph should be an evaluation of that source’s reliability and credibility, using the information from our Norton textbook and the class discussion covering the CRAAP test. Consider purpose, audience, and overall effectiveness in this evaluation.
You need to find at least SEVEN sources, according to the following guidelines:
- At least three articles taken from academic journals housed in our library’s databases
- No more than two sources drawn from the internet at large (News sites, blogs, etc.)
- At least one hard-copy source from our on-campus library
- At least one multi-media source—podcast, video, documentary, etc
- Then, at the end of the document, you’ll include a Critical Assessment of your collected sources, in which you discuss them as a whole. Things to consider:
- To what conclusions do your collected sources as a whole lead?
- Was anything new, surprising, or interesting?
- What do your sources say about the importance of your topic?
- What do your sources say about the currency or relevance of your topic?
- What do your sources teach about the problem you’re exploring?
- The final document must be formatted according to MLA guidelines, including in-text citations and bibliographical documentation. The Critical Assessment will necessarily span 750-1000 words—any shorter and you won’t have developed your ideas thoroughly enough, but any longer means you are probably trying to do too much. Your submission must be your own work, created originally for this assignment, otherwise normal rules for plagiarism will apply.
- Preliminary Annotated Bibliography EntriesFor this assignment, you’ll begin the Annotated Bibliography assignment (for which the instructions can be found above) by completing FOUR (4) of the annotated entries required for the assignment.
Draw your sources from the Preliminary List of Sources assignment from last week, and then complete the Summary and Evaluation paragraphs for each of those sources.
Submit those four sources in a single, MLA-formatted .docx here, and use the feedback I give you to guide the rest of your efforts.
Jessica Ann Olson
English 101, Section 2
29 September 2008
Annotated Bibliography on Global Warming
Gore, Al. An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global
Warming and What We Can Do about It. Rodale, 2006. This
publication, which is based on Gore’s slide show on global
warming, stresses the urgency of the global warming crisis. It
centers on how the atmosphere is very thin and how
greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide are making it
thicker. The thicker atmosphere traps more infrared
radiation, causing warming of the Earth. Gore argues that
carbon dioxide, which is created by burning fossil fuels,
cutting down forests, and producing cement, accounts for
eighty percent of greenhouse gas emissions. He includes
several examples of problems caused by global warming.
Penguins and polar bears are at risk because the glaciers they
call home are quickly melting. Coral reefs are being bleached
and destroyed when their inhabitants overheat and leave.
Global warming is now affecting people’s lives as well. For
example, the highways in Alaska are only frozen enough to
be driven on fewer than eighty days of the year. In China and
elsewhere, record-setting floods and droughts are taking
place. Hurricanes are on the rise. This source’s goal is to
inform its audience about the ongoing global warming crisis
and to inspire change across the world. It is useful because it
relies on scientific data that can be referred to easily and it
provides a solid foundation for me to build on. For example,
it explains how carbon dioxide is produced and how it is
currently affecting plants and animals. This evidence could
potentially help my research on how humans are biologically
affected by global warming. It will also help me structure my
essay, using its general information to lead into the specifics
of my topic. For example, I could introduce the issue by
explaining the thinness of the atmosphere and the effect of
greenhouse gases, then focus on carbon dioxide and its
effects on organisms.
Parmesan, Camille, and Hector Galbraith. “Executive Summary.”
Observed Impacts of Global Climate Change in the U.S., Pew
Center on Global Climate Change, Nov. 2004, www.c2es.org/
docUploads/final_ObsImpact.pdf. Accessed 17 Jan. 2007. This
report summarizes recent scientific findings that document
the impact changes in the climate have had on the
distribution of plants and animals in the United States and
on how they interact within their communities. For example,
it explains how a shift has taken place in the blooming
period for plants and the breeding period for animals caused
by global warming. Because of changes in their geographic
range, species may interact differently, possibly resulting in
population declines. For example, the red fox is now found in
areas dominated by the arctic fox and is threatening its
survival. The report stresses that such shifts can harm the
world’s biodiversity. Plants and animals that are rare now
face extinction. The annual cycle of carbon dioxide levels in
the atmosphere has also changed, largely due to the
lengthening of the growing season, affecting basic ecosystem
processes. I did not find this report as helpful as other
sources because its information is based only on
observations made in the United States. The information
appears reliable, though, because it is based on scientific
evidence. This essay will be helpful to my essay because it
focuses on how plants and animals are currently affected,
such as their shifting communities and how they are
clashing. I could use this to explain human changes by
providing evidence of what is happening to other species.
This source will not be as helpful in explaining the climate’s
effects on human biological function in particular, but it will
provide some framework. For example, I could explain how
the plants that help convert carbon dioxide into oxygen are
being harmed and relate that to how the humans will suffer
“Annotated Bibliography on Global Warming.” Reprinted by permission of the author.
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