Please see the attachment for template The annotated bibliography is an assignment to be completed in preparation for Essay 3 – the research paper. Once you have completed your research proposal and settled on a topic for your research paper, it’s time to begin conducting research for your paper. The annotated bibliography helps you keep track of the material you find. It will also allow your instructor to gauge your progress, assess if your sources are appropriate, and determine if you have a basic understanding of MLA documentation. For this assignment, you will need to submit information about two (2) of your sources – but it is recommended that, for your own purposes, you keep a record for each source you encounter. At the top of your page, after your MLA heading, please post your topic and focusing question (refer to Unit 3 content notes as needed). Then proceed with the following information for each entry (2 total): a bibliographic entry for the source according to MLA format a brief note about how you located the source: did you find this source in person at the library, electronically, or otherwise? what terms did you use to locate the source, etc. information about the source’s author: who is the author? how is the author credible? You may need to do additional research on the author or organization responsible for the source to find out more about him/her/them/it, their credentials, etc. [This information will prove helpful because in your research paper’s text, when introducing a source, it is good form to use a signal phrase that introduces the author to add credibility to your argument (as in, “According to John Doe, who is a professor at Harvard University, …)] a brief summary of what the source says (main ideas) a reflection: how do you think you will use this source? How will this source help you support your own argument? How did it shape your own opinion, if at all? What are the source’s strengths and weaknesses? Here is a sample entry: “Ten Facts to Know About Torture.” Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 June 2013. This article appears in the tassc.org website. The article can be found under the tab “about torture”. I found the article by using the search engine Google; I typed “torture facts.” After reading several articles from the search, this website seemed perfect for my research. TASSC, Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition, “was founded in 1998. It is the only organization in the United States founded by and for torture survivors. The mission of TASSC is to end the practice of torture wherever it occurs and to empower survivors, their families and communities wherever they are,” according to the “What Is TASSC”? page on their website. These are survivors who became advocates for the coalition. They work very closely to the UN and human rights groups worldwide. The coalition is “a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and operates independently of any ideology, government or economic interest”. I think the resource is credible based on their ties and the amount of information presented on their website. The article explains ten different facts related to torture. The article shares information such as how torture is still being used in 90% of the countries, that it occurs mainly in places of detention, the legal definition of torture, types of torture used nowadays, the reason behind, who commits acts of torture, the effects, the rehabilitation available for victims, and how we can get involved to help these victims. I will use the source to show that torture is not only used to get information from prisoners but to degrade and destroy the prisoners’ self-esteem. This website has a lot of facts, not opinions and shares many personal experiences of people who were tortured. The article’s strengths are that it is concise and the information presented is very valuable and current.
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