BUS 333 WI –Annotated Bibliography Assignment (20 Points)
What is the purpose of an annotated bibliography?
To gather and summarize information about a topic you are researching into one
To create a quick reference sheet which will remind you of what your various sources
argued and how they are useful to your paper
To preserve a record of research about your topic which may be shared with others in
Who is the audience?
Yourself, in that the document will help you in your own writing and research
Others (including your instructor) who might be interested in reading an overview of the
topic you researched. For this reason, clarity, professionalism and neatness are important
in an annotated bibliography.
How to do it:
Make an APA works cited page of 15 or more relevant sources you’ve found on your
topic. Each citation should be AT LEAST 150 words.
Then, beneath each citation, write an annotation paragraph: It should follow this
Summary: What are the main arguments presented in the source? What is the point of
this book or article? What topics are covered? If someone asked what this source is about,
what would you say?
Assessment: Is this a useful source? In what ways? What unique or valuable information
can this source provide? Is the information reliable? Does it have any weaknesses?
Reflection: Once you’ve summarized and assessed a source, you need to ask how it fits
into your research. Was this source helpful to you? How does it help shape your
argument? Will you use this source? If so, how?
Record of Research: What are the main things you learned from this source? What do
you need to remember about this source in order to find and access it quickly while
writing your rough draft
To make your bibliography easy to read, please bold the citation, but leave the annotation
paragraph un-bolded. It will make everything easier on the eyes.
For this assignment, you will be developing an annotated bibliography
on the topic that your instructor gave you.
You are responsible for researching 15 sources. Please see the requirements below on where you
will be finding the sources.
-Seven of those sources must be a scholarly article from a professional journal
-Five of those sources must be print-based (from a book, newspaper, or magazine)
-One source must be from YouTube
-One source must be from the New York Times
-One from Forbes
Ehrenreich, B. (2001). Nickel and dimed: On (not) getting by in America. New York: Henry
Holt and Company.
In this book of nonfiction based on the journalist’s experiential research, Ehrenreich
attempts to ascertain whether it is currently possible for an individual to live on a
minimum-wage in America. Taking jobs as a waitress, a maid in a cleaning service, and a
Walmart sales employee, the author summarizes and reflects on her work, her
relationships with fellow workers, and her financial struggles in each situation.
An experienced journalist, Ehrenreich is aware of the limitations of her experiment and
the ethical implications of her experiential research tactics and reflects on these issues in
the text. The author is forthcoming about her methods and supplements her experiences
with scholarly research on her places of employment, the economy, and the rising cost of
living in America. Ehrenreich’s project is timely, descriptive, and well-researched. This
article is useful as it opens the reader’s eyes to the real issue of finances and its affect on
individuals and society.