Annotated Bibliographies

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Gender and Sexuality Annotated Bibliography Midterm

15 points

Due March 12th by 5PM


Basic Requirements:

  • List and summarize (annotate) 3-5 sources related to Gender and Sexuality in Hip Hop.
  • Check with your crew members so you do not replicate the work. Though this is an individual assignment, the idea is to pool the research results with your crew in order to use them for your edits on the Hip Hop Feminism Wiki page.
  • Entries can be books, book chapters, or academic journal articles that address some aspect of your specific topic. Documentaries and newspaper articles can also be used if appropriate. Rather than search online, ask a librarian to help you find good, reliable sources. The best sources are recently published books, textbooks, and peer reviewed work in academic journals from reliable publishers, written by experts in the various fields contributing to Hip Hop Studies.
  • An annotation should include a description of the entry (4-5 sentences) that summarizes the most significant aspects of the article/chapter, or highlights the major issues and arguments presented.
  • The bibliography must be in CMS or MLA style and contain hyperlinks to the source (because it will be a blog post).
  • A final summary (750 words) that offers your analysis of the major issues and themes that emerged in your research.
  • Upload your annotated bibliography to the course blog (you can copy and paste into the blog post, just beware of formatting loss). Title the post with your last name and AB midterm (e.g. Pabón_AB Midterm) and tag the post with the category “Annotated Bibliography Midterm.” Check to make sure it appears by clicking on “Course Wikipedia” then “Annotated Bibliographies” then “Annotated Bibliography Midterms.” It should appear as a post under that last category.

Topics: Every single article in your annotated bibliography does not have to be focused exclusively on exactly your topic, but as a whole all of the articles in your annotated bibliography have to address some element of the research topic. The final 750-word summary should suggest how all the pieces fit together, identify what you see as the overarching themes, and present your analysis of the major themes or challenges that the topic raises.

Annotations.  The annotation or summaries can range in length, with the average being 4-5 sentences long.  The annotations should highlight the central arguments being articulated by the writer.  It is important that these be concise, clearly written, and in your own words, unless you are specifically quoting the author.  In writing your annotation you may want to focus on a specific section of an article that relates more specifically to your topic. Some questions to consider are: How does the author frame the issue or problem being investigated?  What is the methodology used? What is the central argument being advanced?  What kinds of evidence does the author use to support their claims? Do they address or counter opposing viewpoints and if so, how?

Plagiarism.  Anytime you use someone else’s words or phrasing, you must give them credit.  It is perfectly acceptable to use some quotes in your annotations, however, I also expect you to review the article yourself and summarize it in your own words.  Any paper with any plagiarized elements will be graded as zero.  Always cite all of your sources!

Your pages will look something like these:






14.5 is approximately 96 (A)
13.5-14 is approximately 90 (A-)

An excellent range of substantive sources that work well together to illuminate a topic in compelling ways. The annotations are well written and illustrate an insightful and nuanced understanding of the relevant issues, ideas and concepts considered. The final summary comment demonstrates a sophisticated and thoughtful treatment of the ideas presented and their implications.  The difference between one end of the scale and the other suggests that at the higher end, all aspects of the assignment were exemplary and represent truly outstanding research, writing and analysis. At the other end, it indicates that while overall the paper was excellent, at least one area (rigor of research; intellectual insights; writing style; clarity) could have been strengthened.

13 is approximately 86 (B+)
12.5 is approximately 83 (B)
12 is approximately 80 (B-)

A good range of substantive sources that work together to construct a solid research foundation for a topic.  Overall the annotations demonstrate a clear understanding of the issues involved.  The final summary is well written and does a good job bringing different aspects of the research together. This assignment may have benefited from one or more of the following: a more rigorous selection of academic and legal articles; greater clarity or insight in presenting the relevant issues; more thoughtful analysis or intellectual creativity in examining the implications of the arguments presented; greater attention to grammar, punctuation and proofreading.

11.5 is approximately 76 (C+)
11 is approximately 73 (C)
10.5 is approximately 70 (C-)

The assignment has an identifiable topic that is relevant to the themes of the class and demonstrates evidence of research. This assignment would have benefited from one or more of the following: a more rigorous selection of academic sources; more thoughtful annotations or annotations that were more clearly written; greater analysis or thought in terms of understanding the legal implications; a more original or less predictable approach to the topic; considerably greater attention to writing, grammar and proofreading.

10 is approximately 66 (D)
9.5 is approximately 63 (D)
9 is approximately 60 (D-)

The assignment does not evidence meaningful research or consideration of the issues.  This assignment is lacking in several significant areas including: quality of research; clarity of annotations; grammar and proofreading; analysis of legal issues and implications.

F (anything under 9)

The minimum requirements of the assignment were not met.




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