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Annotated Bibliography What is An Annotated Bibliography?An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by the ‘annotation,’ a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph.What are the purposes of the annotated bibliography? To help you understand what you’ve researched while you write your essay; To provide additional information or background material for your reader (Choose only the information that ties into what your essay is saying.); To help you organize the main points of the research and pinpoint the topic sentences of your essay. How to Begin: First, know how many sources are required to write your essay. Next, locate and record citations to the books or articles that contain useful information and ideas on your essay topic. You can use the Search Terms Assignment to help with this step. Then, choose those works that provide a variety of perspectives on your topic. Finally, reference the book, article, or document using APA style citation and begin writing your annotations. How to Annotate:Write two paragraphs of annotations for EACH SOURCE. The information included in each paragraph should be as follows: Paragraph 1 (THEY SAY):completely and respectfully summarize the source. What argument is being made? What evidence is given in support of the argument? Be detailed and specific. What rhetorical strategies does the author use to make her/his argument?Paragraph 2 (I SAY): Do you agree or disagree with the argument? What is convincing about it? What flaws exist in the author’s argument? How does the author’s argument influence you? How might you use the source in your paper? How It Should Look:The annotation on the back of this paper both summarizes and assesses the book in the citation. The first paragraph provides a brief summary of the author’s project in the book, covering the main points of the work. The second paragraph points out the project’s strengths and evaluates its methods and presentation. To help you in the writing process, I recommend writing a third paragraph that reflects on the source’s importance or usefulness for your essay.Bibliography must be in Alphabetical order by the first item in the reference citation (usually the author’s last name)Bibliographies must have hanging indent Bibliographies must be double-spaced. Instead of indenting your paragraphs, however, you should add a third space.Annotated BibliographyEhrenreich, B. (2001).Nickel and dimed: On (not) getting by in America. New York: Henry Holt and Company.In this book of nonfiction based on the journalist’s experiential research, Ehrenreich attempts to ascertain whether it is currently possible for an individual to live on a minimum-wage in America. Taking jobs as a waitress, a maid in a cleaning service, and a Walmart sales employee, the author summarizes and reflects on her work, her relationships with fellow workers, and her financial struggles in each situation.An experienced journalist, Ehrenreich is aware of the limitations of her experiment and the ethical implications of her experiential research tactics and reflects on these issues in the text. The author is forthcoming about her methods and supplements her experiences with scholarly research on her places of employment, the economy, and the rising cost of living in America. Ehrenreich’s project is timely, descriptive, and well-researched.Ehrenreich’s extensive research will provide solutions for the difficulties low wage workers experience, especially when it comes to finding affordable places to live. The author argues that the poor often spend more staying in motels due to high deposit costs on apartments, and this evidence could support a call for the government to offer stipends to landlords who waive security deposits for the poor. This information could easily be incorporated into the essay’s proposed solutions.