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HIST 1370: African-American Experience Through Reconstruction

In-class Research

Your task:

  1. Choose a topic in consultation with Dr. Latimore 
  2. Write a thesis statement to guide your research. Need help writing a thesis? Click here.
  3. Assemble a tentative bibliography split evenly between primary and secondary sources
  4. Determine the usefulness of each source by writing an analytical annotation
  5. Use Chicago Author-Date style when formatting your citations 

What should your annotations look like? Here are a few examples.

Writing an Annotation

An analytical annotation allows you to explain the value of a source to your paper. It can help you gain a greater sense of what a given resource can contribute to your argument. Some components of a typical annotation are given below. It may not be necessary to include each aspect. Instead, apply those criteria that best help you analyze a given document. 

  1. a correctly formatted citation in Chicago Author-Date style 

  2. a brief description or summary of the resource

  3. a brief analysis of its argument or focus

  4. the context in which the document was created

  5. a review of the author's credentials or relevant biographical information 

  6. a prediction or description of the text's intended audience

  7. insights derived from the document, which may include an evaluative judgment