Please No plagarism !! TOPIC AND ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS BELOW. Thank you Top

Please No plagarism !! TOPIC AND ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS BELOW. Thank you
Topic of the Annotated Bibliography – Knights of Labor
Annotated Bibliography Assignment
General: This annotated bibliography assignment will help you scaffold toward the final research
project by 1) getting you to think about and articulate a viable topic, and 2) getting you to locate and
explore several sources for your project. In addition to getting you to articulate your topic and some
questions you wish to interrogate, you will also compile sources in their proper citation format, and
then briefly describe what the source contains, as well as why it is useful to your project. This
exercise will help you figure out what secondary sources work well for your project, and what you still
need to locate and explore. Length & Format: 4-6 pages, double-spaced, according to Chicago Manual of Style guidelines.
Samples provided below.
Content: Two sections:
1) A statement of your research topic.
a. Provide a brief (2-3 sentences) description of your chosen research topic that pertains to
US working-class history.
b. Narrow your topic down so that it’s specific enough that you can craft a good thesis about
it later when doing the final paper.
2) Annotated Bibliography:
a. At least six scholarly secondary sources that you have found and examined.
Generally, these should be works of history produced by practicing historians (think
professors publishing on academic presses/in academic journals).
b. 4 of these should be books.
c. Your sources should be recent (published within the last 30-40 years), unless there is a
compelling reason to examine older works (a “classic” that still shapes debate in the field,
or an example of an older scholarly trend used for contrast).
d. After finding a particularly good source, a good way to explore for similar titles is by
using the Library of Congress Subject Headings to search for more. I will demonstrate
this in class, but if you have questions or have a hard time finding sources, come talk to
me.
e. The annotations: An annotated bibliography summarizes the content of each source and
evaluates its usefulness for your project. I am including a sample annotation below.
Grading Criteria: I’ll grade these based on:
1) Spelling & grammar.
2) Topic viability and thoughtfulness.
3) Appropriateness of sources.
4) Annotation content.

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