Documentaries include secondary as well as primary research. To inform your documentary, you'll conduct background research to compare what you're seeing about the literacy practices you're investigating to what other experts have said on the subject. To prepare this material for use in your documentary, you'll create an annotated bibliography that identifies 3 relevant scholarly sources, describes their origin/claim to authority, describes their argument, and explains how you'll incorporate them into your documentary.
Tips & Notes:
Dissertations, theses, and conference papers--which are included in some databases--are generally not suitable scholarly sources because they don't go through peer review. If you have questions about the appropriateness of individual sources, ask me.
Format: For each source, include
an MLA bibliographic citation. See our course style guide for formatting guidance: Hacker & Fister’s Research and Documentation, 5th edition. (Hacker & Fister's style guide also linked from the Syllabus).
a paragraph that:
reports on the expertise of the author(s) of the source: what makes this researcher(s) a reliable source of information on this topic? Use Google to locate professional websites, LinkedIn profiles; research database links to see their list of publications; etc to learn about the author's background. For articles with several authors, focus on the first 2 authors listed (since order of authors usually goes in order of who contributed most to the article)
describes the journal the source comes from: What kind of research does this journal feature? Who is its intended audience, and what are their interests/expectations? Use Google to locate the homepages of the journals to research this. A journal without a web presence and which doesn't identify a specific mission and audience raises questions about its credibility.
a paragraph that:
paraphrases the article's argument, putting their argument in your own words (demonstrating your careful reading of it) without relying on quotes that duplicate the article's exact language.
explains how you'll use the article in your project: does this argument source agree, disagree, complicate, call for, etc. the kind of investigation you're doing or what you're seeing in your personal literacy stories? how does it relate to your other secondary sources? Your plans for using the source need to be detailed and specific, applying this source to specific aspects of your documentary and and planning media-rich ways to incorporate it into your documentary.
Tuesday, April 26: Annotated Bibliography introduced
Thursday, May 5: Library Workshop, research article databases
Thursday, May 12: Annotated Bibliography due before class
Can't change a rubric once you've started using it.
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