Research/Writing Assignment (this will count as two writing assignment grades) – Due March 25:
**Opening note: If you wait until the last minute to work on this assignment, you may be in trouble. You should understand this week’s response engagement assignment #1 fully before working on this written assignment.
After this assignment is complete, you should email me the final draft in a word doc, Google doc, or PDF. It is your responsibility to make sure this assignment is formatted correctly.
You are to create an annotated bibliography focused on your approved semester project film (and/or collateral materials related to your project: film director, screenwriter, original source material, etc.). This annotated bibliography should include at least four of the sources I’ve already approved (and/or suggested). In addition, you should also add three new sources (minimum) from the Rose Library resource databases. One of your new sources must come from scholarly and peer reviewed material; one should come from a journal article, and one may come from either a trade publication, magazine article or a published book from the Rose Library resources.
Your goal here is to begin in-depth research on your topic by reading and engaging in materials that will provide support, expertise and scholarly value for the semester project. Before you take the following steps, you should thoroughly explore the research. This will help you begin to weed out material that may not be relevant to your finished product. TIP: If you’re going to take the time to conduct an annotated bibliography (or even a literature review), you should not waste time writing down sources that you know will not provide benefit.
Think about all the components of filmmaking we’ve covered so far that could be applied to your project (and research): Original source materials, screenplay, cinematography, sound design, score, directing and acting. Are there references available that can provide support on any of these topics that are directly related to the semester project? If so, dive into those as well.
What is an annotated bibliography?
An annotated bibliography is a list of resources and references (articles, books, documents, films, audio, etc.) followed by a brief paragraph (75-150 words) providing a descriptive evaluation of the source.
You will find this to be a valuable tool in organizing your notes and resources for your semester project. An annotated bibliography allows you to bring all of your resources into one location, and provides you with a quick glimpse of what is contained within each source. This will be most helpful as you begin to formalize your thoughts and structure for your semester project. It will also provide you with a focused approach to themes, ideas and topics within each source offering supportive and alternate ideas of your project.
The first thing you’ll need to do is find and make records of the approved sources (as well as the new ones you’ve discovered). Then, review and examine the references, and make notes of those you feel will provide the most relevance or support to your project.
- You should cite the source in the approved APA format, and each should be organized in alphabetical order by the author. You will ultimately use this format citation structure in the APA references page(s) for the final draft of your semester project. Additionally you must provide a link (a permalink if possible) for each source (if pulled from online).
- You should follow each source with a brief description (or annotation) that provides a summary of the source (this should be three-five sentences). This annotation should be in your own words and should not be copied directly from the abstract; that is plagiarism. You want to summarize the central theme and scope of each reference. You may want to address the following within the annotation (these are just ideas): A. Is the author an expert or authority in the field? B. Compare and contrast this with other references you’ve explored. C. Who is the intended audience for this particular reference? D. Explain how this particular reference adds impact to your research. Below you will find an example of a film-related annotated bibliography with a list of 10 references.