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you are to provide annotations for five primary sources and five secondary sources that will then be used in the final project.  Sources should be directly related to the final projects topic.  Annotations should be a paragraph (about 100 words).

For secondary sources, students should use high-quality scholarly sources, especially scholarly monographs or articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Students should avoid using the textbook, encyclopedia articles, or anonymously authored websites.

For primary sources, students should be looking for documents that were originally written during the time period they are trying to study. While architectural or archaeological remains certainly do qualify as primary sources which can be used by scholars to reconstruct the past, they are problematic for an assignment like this.

What you are required to include in my Annotated Bibliography?
For Primary Sources:

Bibliographic information according to Chicago style.
The name and background of the author, if known.
The date the document was originally written, if known.
The authors purpose in writing the document and its historical context.
Any bias displayed by the author.
The significance of the document (i.e., why should anybody in the present care?).

For Secondary Sources:

Bibliographic information according to Chicago style.
The name and scholarly background of the author (education, publications, university appointments, etc.)
The authors main argument (note, this is not the same thing as a simple description of the subject matter– what is the author trying to say about this subject?).
The specific types of evidence used to support the authors main argument (are they primary sources? Scholarly secondary works?)
How successful/convincing is the authors argument?

Useful websites for finding primary sources online:

World History Sources
Perseus Digital Library
Ancient History Sourcebook
Medieval History Sourcebook
Women’s History Sourcebook
Diotima  (Women’s History Sources)
The Avalon Project
World Digital Library


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