Fan Cultures Assignment #4: Annotated Bibliography


Part I: Annotated Bibliography

Your task is twofold:

  • identify 10-12 scholarly sources of potential importance to your research paper, and
  • annotate each source with a brief description and an explanation of how you plan to use it


You may use books, journal articles or other scholarly sources. If you are not certain of a source’s suitability, consult the guidelines for evaluating sources, or contact me.

Ultimately, you may find that nonscholarly sources are very important to your paper because they provide evidence of actual fan behavior. This is fine, but the bibliography should include only the scholarly sources you will use. The others can be added later.

You might not end up using all these sources in your final paper. This is a normal part of the research process.  Do your best to find sources that you think you will be able to use, and you will have plenty of other options available to you when some turn out not to work quite as well as you had expected.

You may need to venture beyond the library’s holdings to get books and articles that Queens College does not own. Please feel free to take advantage of CLICS and Interlibrary Loan. Give yourself plenty of time, so that these options will remain available to you.

Please make sure you have examined all the sources you list, or at least read abstracts for them!

You may find it useful to employ Gaipa’s terminology as you are explaining how you will use your sources.

Audience: A reader who is interested in knowing more about the subject of your essay. (There is also a secondary audience: your future self, when you are writing this essay and need to put these sources to work!)

Pre-Draft Writing Assignments: Research proposal, research reflections, article evaluations

Writing Lessons: Research, integrating sources, drafting

Sources: Research materials found by the student, some annotated bibliographies that can serve as models


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