Contemporary Culture Major Paper: Annotated Bibliography Assignment Instructions

Culture Major Paper: Annotated Bibliography Assignment Instructions
Write an Annotated
Bibliography as a step toward your Contemporary Culture Major Paper. This will
help you see how each of your sources relates to your overall research. The
annotation should describe what the source is about and how it will contribute to the
thesis for the paper. Having an idea of why you are using each source will help
you stay on track while researching. If you cannot come up with a good reason
to use a source, you will know now that you should set it aside. It helps you
avoid wasting time on sources that don’t help you much.
Your Bibliography must
contain a title page and at least fifteen scholarly sources in addition to the
course readings in current Turabian format. You must begin with an
introductory paragraph of at least 75 words explaining the intended focus of
the paper. The paragraph must include an anticipated thesis statement
(understanding that the statement may be modified as you research). Following
that paragraph, provide a bibliography of at least fifteen related works.
sources must be scholarly. Most non-scholarly sources fall into one of the
following categories:
are intended for a lay audience, not a scholarly audience, and are also known
as magazines. The are not intended for
serious scholarly work.
Websites–Many websites are not research-based and are, therefore, not
scholarly. Be cautious when using web-based sources. Consider whether the site
is aimed at scholars or at the broader public. (For example, the Pluralism
Project website of Harvard University would be used in a paper on whether
salvation is found in other religions. The RZIM website would not be. (He was a
scholar but his writing was intended for a broad public).
the Jerry Falwell Library instead of relying on an Internet search engine, but
limit use of journals to five or less.
least seven sources must be scholarly books and no more than five may be
scholarly journal articles. (This allows for up to three serious, scholarly
websites, but even so, books are much better. For each source, provide the reference/citation
in current Turabian format, followed by 50–75 words that serve to summarize the
source and what it will accomplish in your paper. Consider the following
questions as you summarize your sources:
are the main arguments?
is the point of the book or article?
will it most likely figure into your research?
someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say in one
Note: Your assignment will be checked for
originality via Turnitin.
Required reading assignment for
Guinness, Os. Fool’s Talk:
Recovering the Art of Christian persuasion. InterVarsity Press, 2015.
Timothy Keller, Preaching:
Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism (New York: Viking, 2015), Chapter
4 & 5
James K. A. Smith, How
(Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (Grand Rapids, MI;
Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014), Chapters 1 – 3

Contemporary Culture Major Paper: Annotated Bibliography Assignment Instructions
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