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ENGL 1102 with Professor Kay Harrison: Annotated Bibliography & Research Essay Help

This research guide provides resources to help with the assignments in Kay Harrison's ENGL 1102 course.

Literature Databases to Research Themes

Try these databases to research the short stories you are using.  Type the story title, for example "The Necklace" in the search box. 

Academic Databases to Relate to Themes

These databases do not contain literary criticism.  Use these databases to research related themes from the short stories.  For example, social status or class conflict. 

Annotated Bibliographies

definitions of bibliography, annotation, and annotated bibliographies

Writers often create annotated bibliographies as a part of a research project, as a means of recording their thoughts and deciding which sources to actually use to support the purpose of their research. Some writers include annotated bibliographies at the end of a research paper as a way of offering their insights about the source’s usability to their readers.

Instructors in college often assign annotated bibliographies as a means of helping students think through their source’s quality and appropriateness to their research question or topic.

Although it may take a while to complete the annotated bibliography, the annotations themselves are relatively brief.

Annotations may include three things:

  1. A brief summary of the information in that source.
  2. A brief evaluation of the quality of the source’s information.
  3. A brief evaluation of whether the source is useful for the purpose of the research.

NOTE: Although there is a basic structure to annotated bibliographies that most professors will follow, your professor may require something a little different. Be sure to follow your assignment instructions, as each professor may have expectations that are slightly different.


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