Describe your research process on Sports: Golf Discourse Community, using both Summon and other research tools. How did you find and select your sources?
Writing Project #1: Annotated Bibliography (40 points)
Writing Project #1 asks you to research your discourse community using Summon, which
searches the library’s research databases. You should begin by researching your discourse
community (for example, punk rockers), or some smaller aspect of that community (slam
dancing). When Summon locates your sources, you will then read, summarize, analyze,
evaluate, synthesize, critique, and document those sources.
Each student will locate and read three articles about their discourse community, two (or more)
of which must be recent scholarly articles from academic, peer-reviewed journals. Students will
use the DU Library’s Summon database search engine to find articles. Each academic article
should address the same topic and should be published this century (i.e. 2000 or later). The
academic articles should come from at least two different academic journals. Note: College
English and Linguistic Anthropology are examples of academic, peer-reviewed journals. Rolling
Stone, Wall Street Journal, Harper’s, Cosmopolitan, Backcountry Skiing, Denver Post, Sports
Illustrated, High Country News, ESPN.com, Wired, and most websites are not academic, peer-
reviewed journals. When searching Summon, “refine” your search by clicking the box that says
“Limit to articles from peer-reviewed publications,” which is in the left-hand column. The other
article(s) can come from non-academic journals, including books and credible websites. Across
three articles, cumulatively, you should read at least 25 pages minimum for WP #1.
After reading, students will complete an annotated bibliography, documenting their sources in
MLA format, and writing a 150-word (maximum) annotation for each of their sources. Each
the annotation will discuss the following: summarize the article’s main argument; incorporate (and
cite in-text) one important direct quote from the article; evaluate the article’s content (by
noting, for example, the ideological orientation, the use of other sources, or the research
the methodology used in the article), and finally synthesize how the article’s treatment of the topic
is similar or different to the other two articles in your annotated bibliography (i.e. what each
the article contributes to the scholarly “conversation” about your topic). The 150-word limit will be
enforced; part of the rhetorical challenge for WP #1 is to write concisely.
Format: Alphabetized, annotated bibliography using MLA.
Length of annotation: 150 words per annotation maximum.
Evaluation criteria: See Scoring Guide
W 4/9: Due on your blog: Draft #1 of WP #1 for peer feedback
Th 4/10: Due: Read your writing partners’ draft WP #1. Complete the WP #1 peer
feedback form and post your feedback to their blog using the reply/comment function in
F 4/11: Due: Peer feedback to your writing partners’ draft WP #1
M 4/14: Due: revised Annotated Bibliography in Bb dropbox
Writ 1133 – Benz
Scoring Guide: WP #1 Annotated Bibliography (40 points)
(15%) Writing Process: draft deadline and participation in peer feedback; self eval
o Summary and evaluation
o Direct quotation (with a citation in the annotation)
o Synthesis of an article with other articles (conversation)
(40%) Conventions and MLA Citations
Contains edited and polished prose
Conforms to MLA Guidelines (see Purdue OWL)
o Alphabetizes entries
o Uses and cites direct quotes in annotations
Limits annotations’ length to 150 words or less
Amounts to 25 pages of reading
WP #1: Annotated Bibliography Self-Evaluation
1. Describe your research process, using both Summon and other research tools. How did
you find and select your sources?
2. What differences did you notice between the peer-reviewed, academic articles and your
other articles? How does the audience factor into those differences? Be specific.
3. Research shows that college students struggle with synthesizing – explicitly comparing
and contrasting, making connections between – readings about the same topic.
Synthesizing is a challenging cognitive process. Which annotation contains your best
synthesis, and what makes it your strongest?
4. One challenge of this assignment is being concise. What helped you limit your annotations
to 150 words? What did you do to limit the words in your annotation?
5. How accurate are your MLA entries, both the citation themselves and your in-text
6. Looking ahead, which of these sources will be most valuable as you write your
|Academic Level||College (3-4 years: Junior, Senior)|
|Paper Type||Annotated bibliography|
|Number of Pages||3 Page(s)/825 words|