Collaborative Project Bibliography

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A formal annotated bibliography (also referred to as a “literature review”) is a necessary genre for many projects in academia that require substantial research, such as conferences, project descriptions, grants, proposals, and other miscellaneous reports. Annotated bibliographies provide you and readers with a clear sense of the research that is necessary to write an informative and persuasive piece of writing.  They include the source material as well as brief commentary about the source.


  • Conduct exploratory research based on your group’s context, problem(s), and argument(s).  Exploratory research should be fun!  Here are some tips about how to get started:
  • Compile a useable and interesting list – from a wide variety of mediums – that would serve your purposes well.  Consider source information that both forwards and counters your proposed line of inquiry.  Select artifacts from peer-reviewed articles, but also from film, song, websites, blogs, cookbooks, eBooks, photographs, novels, interviews, video games, magazines, etc.
  • Write an annotated bibliography that includes:
    • All of the texts that you wish to use, including primary and secondary
    • Proper MLA citation
    • A brief summary of the article (1-2 sentences that hone in on ONLY what is most important for your line of inquiry)
    • Discussion (a blurb of 1-3 sentences about why this source is useful to your project, such as how it will illuminate certain points, present counterargument, push context further, enhance credibility, serve as pathos, etc.)

Format Examples

Annotated bibliographies follow a very specific format.  I have included a number of strong examples below:


Bradbury, Mary. “Freud’s Mourning and Melancholia.” Mortality 6.2 (2001): 213-19. Print.


Mary Bradbury’s scholarly piece discusses the classic text Mourning and Melancholia by the well-known theorist, Sigmund Freud.  The text focuses in on the theories of Freud about “melancholia” or depression.  Freud developed theories on systems within the mind, including the conscious and unconscious.  Both of which are affected by depression.  The causes of depression are also discussed in some detail, with grief and loss being the major contributor.  This article supports my claim about the effects of depression, in the internal unconscious, and how it should be treated.  Freud supports the idea of treating depression with therapeutic methods, to reveal and bring out the unconscious and connect it with the conscious mind.  This is supportive to my argument that depression in children should be treated therapeutically rather than through medication.


Ekinci, O., J.B. Titus, A.A. Rodopman, M. Berkem, and E. Trevathan. “Depression and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents with Epilepsy: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Treatments.” Epilepsy and Behavior 14 (2009): 8-18.  Print.


This article from the journal Epilepsy and Behavior discusses the issues of depression, anxiety and epilepsy in children.  The article is based mainly on the focus of depression in epileptic children, however some focus is on depression in children in general.  The researchers go into detail on the symptoms of depression in children as well as the potential risks or life threatening situations that may arise from the disorder such as suicide.  Treatments for depression were also focused on.  The research done on childhood depression will be very significant to my argument about depression, its risks, and how it should be treated.


Scahill, Lawrence, V. Hamrin, and M.E. Pachler. “The Use of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors in Children and Adolescents with Major Depression.” Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 18.2 (2005): 86-89. Print.


A pharmaceutical report by PhD Lawrence Scahill on the medications used to treat major depression in children and adolescents.  The report discusses the different drugs used to treat depression, as well as the clinical implications.  This article will be used to discuss the potential effects of antidepressant drugs on children.



Veatch, Robert M. “How Philosophy of Medicine Has Changed Medical Ethics” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 31 (2006): 585-600. Print.


This scholarly article by Robert Veatch discusses the philosophy and ethics of drugs and medication in society today, and shows how society’s ethics have shifted through time since the 1970’s.  Medical techniques and medication are discussed for issues such as abortion and OCD, however, of particular interest and support to my article is the idea of depression, and how the general views of using medication as a treatment have shifted.  In the 1970’s drugs were used as a means of controlling behavior.  In a way this is still true today.  Medicine is now viewed as a clinical science.  Physicians are expected to be able to prescribe a drug based off modern day science, that will be the best “treatment of choice” for the patient.  This supports my idea that society has become dependent upon medication as a solution for medical problems or childhood disorders such as depression.  And that medication is used as the easy way out.



Woodward, Kathy. “Statistical Panic.” Journal of Feminist Culture Studies 11.2 (1999): 177-203. Print.


Woodward describes the statistical panic in American society dealing with different issues.  The societal views of citizens are discussed, with the idea of the ideal citizen.  This will be used in my context for childhood depression and Donnie Darko, by looking at how parents may put their child on medication because they don’t want them to be different from other children in society.  They may have a tendency to medicate in order to have the “ideal citizen.”





Elements Distinguished Proficient Emerging Not Evident Value
Breadth of Research Bibliography displays an intriguing sampling of types of artifacts that will enhance the line of inquiry (33-35) Displays some variety of types of artifacts (30-32) Does not display much variety in types of artifacts (20-29) There is little to no variety in types of artifacts (0-19) 35
Application & Usage Artifacts are relevant and clearly applied to the line of inquiry in unique and interesting ways, showing a clear sense of the project’s argument and stakes (33-35) Artifacts are relevant and forward the line of inquiry clearly, showing some sense of argument and stakes (30-32) Most artifacts are relevant but some are not clearly expressed in terms of the line of inquiry


Artifact usage seems vague at times, or entirely, not providing a clear sense of usage in the line of inquiry (0-19) 35
Genre Awareness & Mechanics Uses appropriate and/or correct language, organization, clarity, grammar, punctuation, MLA formatting, etc. to express ideas creatively in the Annotated Bibliography genre


Often uses appropriate and/or correct language, organization, clarity, grammar, punctuation, spacing, etc. to express ideas (20-25) Mostly uses appropriate and/or correct mechanics (16-19) Does not use appropriate and/or correct mechanics and this affects the readability of the work (0-15) 30