Guidelines for Annotated Bibliography
Writing an annotated bibliography is excellent preparation for your ethnography review. Just collecting sources for a bibliography is useful, but when you have to write annotations for each source, you're forced to read each source more carefully. You begin to read more critically instead of just collecting information. At the professional level, annotated bibliographies allow you to see what has been done in the literature and where your own research project build upon those ideas of develop something new. By reading and responding to a variety of sources on a topic, you'll start to see what the issues are, what people are arguing about, and you'll then be able to develop your own point of view.
An annotated bibliography is a list of sources (books, scholarly articles, web sites, blogs, periodicals, etc.) that you are using to gather information about your fieldwork project. Whether you are reading about you site location or a potential theory you plan to discuss, you will include the citation on your annotated bibliography. What is also included is a summary and/or an evaluation of that source.
Consider the following as you annotate your sources:
Summarize: Some annotations merely summarize the source.
Assess: After summarizing a source, it may be helpful to evaluate it.
Reflect: Once you've summarized and assessed a source, you need to ask how it fits into your research.
Guidelines for the Ethnography Review
Once you have made your observations and assessments of the work under review, carefully survey your notes and attempt to unify your impressions into a statement that will describe the purpose of your review.
Your arguments should develop the thesis of your review in a logical manner. That logic, unlike more standard academic writing, may initially emphasize the author’s argument while you develop your own in the course of the review. The relative emphasis depends on the nature of the review: if readers may be more interested in the work itself, you may want to make the work and the author more prominent; if you want the review to be about your perspective and opinions, then you may structure the review to privilege your observations over (but never separate from) those of the work under review.
In general your introduction should include the following:
Summary of content
Analysis and evaluation of the book
Finally, a few general considerations:
Resource used in creating this assignment:
The Writing Center. (2010-2014). The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/book-reviews/
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