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ANNOTATED RESEARCH on the Internet
Research a literary, cultural, biographical, or historical subject from Lessons 1-6 (author, work, genre or period) on the Web.
–Pick a topic to help you understand this part of our survey of world literature.
–Pick 3 different articles to summarize and evaluate, and post this Webliography in Module 6 (here).
–You need a topic, and 3 articles related to it. (Vary search terms & engines as needed. Appropriate websites or webpages: essays, reviews, history, definitions, etc. Not ‘news.’)
–Summarize and then critique in 3 entries, pairs of bullets or numbered paragraphs.
–Identify also below which article is the best (and which the worst), and explain why.
The trick is to think of what your reader needs: Post the results of your search for sources on your selected topic. Focus on one idea.
- Focus on one idea. Explain what you are researching and why.
- Find THREE substantial webpages (roughly the same as print articles).
- Give a full citation (MLA format). Cite EACH of your THREE sources fully. Web addresses are NOT enough.
- Write a thorough but succinct summary of each: summarize what is important about each webpage (–and its host website), including specifics on the topic and how it is developed, explanation of point of view and/or purpose, the format of the webpage, the quantity and quality of background links, and at least one distinctive example.
- Critique each article for its:
- A) quality of writing,
- B) quantity or quality of informativeness,
- and C) ease and variety of uses.
- Add a conclusion to your research on this topic: Which website is the best, and why? Which website is the least helpful or informative? Be specific, and prove your point.
- Write clearly, and proofread. Here is my modified-MLA formula to cite each source (but note that the commas that just separate the required elements here are not needed in practice):
NAME if available, “ARTICLE TITLE” or “WEB PAGE TITLE,” MAGAZINE or WEBSITE TITLE or SPONSORING INSTITUTION, (DATE OF PUBLICATION) if available: PUBLISHED PAGES if available, <INTERNET ADDRESS>, DATE OF ACCESS if necessary, [PRINTED PAGES] or [WORD-PROCESSOR PAGES] if necessary.