Length: 150 to 300 words for each of the five annotations
Percent of Second Quarter Thesis Grade: 30%
Assignment: Prepare an annotated bibliography of 5 secondary sources. The bibliography should list citations for sources in MLA format,
with a single-spaced annotation under each citation. Arrange entries in alphabetical order, exactly as you have them in the List of
Works Consulted. By this time, you will have read more than five sources. Turn in your most up-to-date List of Works Consulted, in
perfect MLA format, with your bibliography.
Annotate your best secondary sources only and you will probably be able to use some of what you write in your final thesis next
semester. Annotating weak or irrelevant sources is a waste of time. Do not annotate primary sources.
Note: Abstracts or other critical discussions can be helpful as you annotate, but remember that using another person’s words or ideas
in an annotation is plagiarism.
A good annotation always includes the following:
(1) A one- or two-sentence summary of the overall argument of the source.
Be fair to the source and do your best to represent what it says. Summarize its main argument, whether or not that argument interests
you. Keep your opinion out of this part.
(2) A critical evaluation of the source.
Evaluate the relevance of the source to your project as well as its quality. Relevance means how closely it touches your topic. (Is it
an argument about your topic? Or is its relevance less obvious?) Quality might mean the quality of its argument, or of the data it
presents, or of other elements. (Is it insightful? Did it revolutionize your understanding? Is it outdated, but full of useful factual
information? Is it lousy, but includes a great bibliography?)
A good annotation may discuss the following, if relevant:
–The methods or data used to support the argument.
–The purpose or aim of the source. (For example was it originally published as an attack on some other source? Or a defense of
something? Or was it proposing a new line of inquiry?)
–The intended audience of the source.
–The field in which the source was published.
–The place of the source in its field, if important. (Did it have an impact? Is it outdated?)
–A detailed discussion of a highlight from the source; this may be chosen on the basis of what is important to you rather than to the
source’s author, as long as you don’t mislead your reader.
Assessment: You will be graded on the quality of your sources, as well as the quality of your analyses. For a grade in the B or A
range, you must clearly state source arguments. See the senior thesis rubric for further information.
Sources to be used:
(Foucault and Foucault)pag 83
Hibben 1955(Hibben and Bryan)
Horowitz, chapter vi pag 62 (Horowitz)
Pullias , chap 3 three ways of truth pag 28 (Pullias)
(Plato and Hamilton)
Holzner, chapt 2 pag 20 (Holzner)
Thompson, Jessica C., and C. Vance Haynes.“RADIOCARBON DATING THE HUMAN OCCUPATION AT SANDIA CAVE, NEW MEXICO”.American Antiquity 77.2
Descartes, René. Descartes : Selected Philosophical Writings. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990. Print.
Foucault, Michel, and Michel Foucault. The Archaeology of Knowledge. World of Man. 1st American ed. New York,: Pantheon Books, 1972.
Hibben, Frank C., and Kirk Bryan. Evidences of Early Occupation in Sandia Cave, New Mexico, and Other Sites in the Sandia-Manzano
Region. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections,. Washington, D.C.,: The Smithsonian Institution, 1941. Print.
Holzner, Burkart. Reality Construction in Society. Cambridge, Mass.,: Schenkman Pub. Co., 1968. Print.
Horowitz, Irving Louis. Philosophy, Science, and the Sociology of Knowledge. American Lecture Series, Publication No 442 a Monograph in
the Bannerstone Division of American Lectures in Philosophy. Springfield, Ill.,: Thomas, 1961. Print.
Plato, and Walter Hamilton. Phaedrus, and, the Seventh and Eighth Letters. Penguin Classics. Harmondsworth,: Penguin, 1973. Print.
Pullias, Earl Vivon. A Common Sense Philosophy for Modern Man : A Search for Fundamentals. New York: Philosophical Library, 1975.
Hibben, F. C. 1937.Association of man with Pleistocene mammals in the Sandia Mountains, New Mexico.American Antiquity 2: 260-263 + pl.
Hibben, F. C. 1941.Evidences of early occupation in Sandia Cave, New Mexico, and other sites in the Sandia-Manzano region.With appendix
on Correlation of the deposits of Sandia Cave, New Mexico, with the glacial chronology. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections 99
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