M A I N * L I N K S

SUNY Fredonia
Division of Arts and Humanities
ENGL 500: Introduction to Graduate Studies in English
Fall 2008
Section 1: T 4:30-7, Fenton 154
Office: Fenton 265; MWF 1-2, Th 3-5, and by appointment; 673-3856
E-mail: simon@fredonia.edu, brucesimon18@yahoo.com
Web Page: www.fredonia.edu/department/english/simon/
ANGEL Space: https://angel.fredonia.edu/

On the Annotated Bibliographies

This page takes on two important questions about the annotated bibliography you will write in this course: what and what for; it also includes an assignment sheet. My goal is to make this page as useful to you as possible, so let me know if it can be improved. If anything is badly worded, unclear, or missing, please contact me with constructive criticisms and suggestions. Ditto for any questions you may have about any of the options listed below. Thanks.


Your annotated bibliography should represent the research you do into the kinds of Master's programs in English out there in the rest of the country. You will organize it by model/category, follow the format for bibliographical entries laid out in Joseph Gibaldi, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, and add a concise annotation after each entry in which you summarize/categorize the source (on program goals/mission statements and requirements) and compare it to what we do at Fredonia (its pros/cons, strengths/weaknesses, costs/benefits relative to ours).

What For

Doing this annotated bibliography gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your research and writing skills, to compare what we do at Fredonia with what is done in other English M.A. and M.S. in Ed. programs, and to help you develop your own perspective on the field that you can use in selecting courses, setting personal goals, and deciding on career paths. By seeing what other English programs are shooting for and requiring of their students, you should get a better perspective on your own program and what you can get out of it. With a focus on how different departments understand and explain their purpose/role/function/contribution prioritize certain courses and experiences through degree requirements, you'll gain a broad perspective on what it means to be an English major. And you'll exercise such critical thinking skills as analysis, comparison, and evaluation in the process.

Assignment Sheet: Annotated Bibliography I

Due: by 11:30 pm Monday, 15 September 2008, on the course ANGEL space's discussion board.

Task: Use all relevant search tools to find examples of goals/objectives or mission/vision statements and degree requirements of a wide range of English Master's programs (focus on ones that are similar to your own here). Look for patterns in what you find and try to come up with models/categories into which the English programs can be grouped, along with representative examples of each. Present in an annotated bibliography the categories, examples, and annotations that summarize/categorize them and compare them to what we aim for at Fredonia (their pros/cons, strengths/weaknesses, costs/benefits relative to ours), in a format that accords with the conventions explained in Joseph Gibaldi, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Chapter 5. Include only as many categories and examples as you need to illustrate the range of kinds of English programs.

Format: page length open; double spaced, with reasonable fonts, font sizes, and margins; heading that includes your name, the course name or number, and the date; bibliography and citations in MLA style.

Criteria for Evaluation: I will be grading your annotated bibliography in terms of the quality of your categories and examples, how well you summarize/categorize and compare/contrast in your annotations, how well you apply and use MLA format, and how well your writing and formatting work (including diction, grammar, syntax, punctuation).

M A I N * L I N K S

ENGL 500: Introduction to Graduate Studies in English, Fall 2008
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