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Annotated Bibliography


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Annotated Bibliography:                                                                                                                               

George Orwell’s. After you have finished reading George Orwell’s 1984 and have read the research paper assignment below, you should be searching for secondary sources. Your secondary sources should be used based on their ability to support or inform the topic or theme you choose to explore in Orwell’s novel. Use the knowledge you have in paragraph construction to speed your search for secondary source material.  For example, reading the abstract, conclusion or topic sentences can help you determine whether a source is relevant to your argument. Your annotated bibliography should be 4-6 pages in length and must be uploaded on the due date via  Blackboard upload submission.

Research Paper 1st Draft:                                                                                                                      For your third and final paper, write a 7-10-page research paper on George Orwell’s 1984. The first draft (3-5 pages) should ONLY focus on your primary source. Secondary sources will be integrated into your second draft.

Your final draft MUST incorporate at least 4-6 secondary sources. Your paper should be typed in 12-point font in the appropriate font type (i.e. Times New Roman), double spaced, and have one-inch margins throughout. Citations should be referenced using the MLA format of parenthetical citation keyed to a Works Cited page. Always remember allusion to, paraphrase, and use of information from any sources, even without direct quotation, must be attributed to a source through citation. Potential themes related to Orwell’s 1984 include, but are not limited to:

  • 1984 Today
  • The Importance of The Free Press
  • The Control of Information and History
  • The Dystopian Genre
  • Sexual Repression
  • Women’s Right to Sexual Autonomy
  • The Two Forms of Resistance: Compassion vs. Empathy
  • Independence and Identity
  • ‘Double Think’: Language and Mind Control
  • Domination: Surveillance & Compliance
  • Resistance & Revolution
  • Fear, Hate and Psychological Manipulation
  • The Dangers of Totalitarianism




An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.

  • Note: Citations should be placed in alphabetical order starting with the author’s last name. George Orwell’s



Douglas, Frederick. “Learning to Read and Write”. 50 Essays A Portable Anthology, Fourth         Edition. Ed. Samuel Cohen. Bedford/St. Martins. 2014.

In Frederick Douglas’ essay “Learning to Read and Write” Douglas recounts his experiences as a slave. Since reading and writing were illegal, many slaves did not know how to read and write. Douglass believed that it was of great importance for him to read and write because he believed it would grant him his freedom. Since Douglass’, a former slave, emphasizes the importance of reading and writing and how learning to do so brought him to the realization that the institution of slavery was morally wrong, Douglas’ essay will help me establish that the religious justification for sustaining slavery went against the principles of Christianity. In learning to read, Douglas could see that the justifications used to justify slavery is full of hypocrisy.


*As you begin to read your sources and determine which ones are relevant to your discussion, you should keep track of your sources using the sources worksheet below. This is an assignment that must also be submitted.  



The following questions will help you get started in using a secondary source for your research project. Your answers will help you decide how to incorporate each source into your research paper. These questions will also help you with your annotated bibliography and will help you determine where to integrate each of your secondary sources.


  1. Is this an appropriate, academic, college-level source? (i.e., did you find it at the Medgar Evers College library and/or through the library databases? Was it originally published in print, even if you found it through an online database?) If not, please check with your instructor to make sure it is an acceptable source for your research project.





  1. What kind of source is this – an entire book, book chapter, journal article, newspaper article, etc.?


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  1. Create a bibliographic entry in correct MLA style for this source and write it here. See MLA Citation/Works Cited document on Blackboard. This will help you with your works cited page.


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  1. Summarize the thesis/argument of this source in a few sentences. What point is the author of this book/article trying to get across? This question will help you create annotations for your annotated bibliography.


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  1. Copy down a couple of the most useful/relevant/important quotations from this source, and be sure to note the page numbers. (You might need to excerpt from longer sentences/paragraphs in order to shorten the quote to just the most relevant parts.)


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  1. What do you agree with in this source? What do you disagree with?


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  1. How do you plan to use this source to answer your research question and prove your thesis? What types of useful information does this source contain? (Possibilities include, but are not limited to, historical background, statistics, interviews, an argument you agree with, a useful counter-argument, etc.)



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