Rhetorical Précis and Annotated Bibliography
OBJECTIVE: Practice summarizing evidence and conclusions of academic articles in the rhetorical Compose précis format in order to, ultimately, compose an annotated bibliography using sources that pertain to a topic of your interest.
PART I: Précis
Select 2 relevant sources for examination. Both should be scholarly/peer-reviewed.
Read carefully looking for main conclusions and the evidence to support those conclusions.
Write a short paragraph for each source following the rhetorical précis model found on pp. 212 of the Guide to First-Year Writing.
PART II: Annotated Bibliography
Select 3 additional relevant sources for examination. At least 2 of these sources must be scholarly and peer-reviewed. Read each source rhetorically.
Create a bibliography entry for each source, properly formatted in MLA.
Write an annotation for each source, including the first two you examined for the =l précis exercise. Each annotation should be a short paragraph of about 100-200 words including information found in the rhetorical précis as well as a short comment on how you will use the source for your research paper. More information on annotated bibliographies is on pp. 211-214.
5 citations with annotations
At least 4 scholarly sources relevant to your topic
No more than 1 source from reputable magazines, newspapers, or websites
MLA citations for each source used
Each annotation should be 100-200 words
No more than one quotation per annotation
Concision and careful selection of words
Sources should be presented in alphabetical or chronological order
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