Building on the last paragraph of your Investigative Proposal, use the library’s resources to find five secondary sources that directly relate to your investigation. Using MLA style, create a Works Cited page for these five items. These sources should be scholarly, academic ones such as journal articles, book chapters, scholarly film reviews, and filmmaker interviews. Do not use Internet search engines or popular magazines and newspapers. Instead, you will use a variety of electronic databases like JSTOR, EBSCOHost, and the CUNY+ catalog. Also, one of your five sources must be in print form, such as a book or print journal.
After identifying and preparing citations for five sources, select the three strongest ones and provide one-paragraph annotations for each. These annotations, or “evaluative summaries,” should begin with a 2-3 sentence overview of the article, continue with 2-3 sentences that cite and contextualize key quotations or terms, and conclude with 2-3 sentences that discuss how this source will be useful to your project.
Audience: An English professor who is not necessarily familiar with the research you uncover
Format: 4-5 pages, MLA style
Advice: Before you begin to research, take into consideration the methodology or discipline you described in your Proposal’s third paragraph so that you can limit your search to appropriate materials.
(FOR INSTRUCTORS ONLY)
Type: Present research within the conventions of a genre that is particularly relevant to the course topic
Rationale: The purpose of this assignment is to give students practice identifying, accessing, and interpreting academic sources.
- Practice MLA style
- Summarize a text in 3 sentences
- Identify the “most important” sentence in a scholarly article
- Practice LOC “subject heading” searches