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American History Opposing Viewpoints Project:Statement of Purpose or “Why Am I Doing This?”

American History Opposing Viewpoints Project: Part II Instructions

Statement of Purpose or “Why Am I Doing This?”

Preparing an annotated bibliography is an important step in the writing process. It may seem unnecessary, but it can actually save time and effort in the research process. The annotated bibliography guides the researcher to look carefully at a source and evaluate its usefulness for the project. This part of the assignment will guide you through the selection and evaluation process as you continue your research.


Preparing for This Assignment:

  • If you are not sure about how to complete an annotated bibliography, download and read the document “Writing an Annotated Bibliography” to help you get started.
  • If you have questions regarding how to properly evaluate a source, download and read the document “Evaluating Sources.”
  • Once you are comfortable with how to complete this assignment, start your research using the resources available to you from the Jerry Falwell Library: https://www.liberty.edu/library/research-tutorials/.


Completing This Assignment:

  • Your annotated bibliography must include:
    • At least three sources directly related to the topic selected in Part I of this assignment.
      • At least 1 source must be a collegiate level book.
      • At least 1 source must be a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal article.
      • At least 1 source must be a scholarly website (.edu, .gov, .org, .mil, etc.)
    • A citation for each assignment in proper current Turabian
    • An annotation of at least 75 words for each citation that includes a brief summary, the credentials of the author or source, and an evaluation of its usefulness in the project.
  • You must use the template for this part of the assignment provided in Blackboard.
  • When you are finished, your assignment must be:
    • In a Microsoft Word (or compatible) document
    • Formatted, including:
      • 12-point Times New Roman font
      • 1-inch margins
    • Written and proofread carefully to ensure all standards of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style expected at this academic level

[Your Name]

[Course and Section number]


[Selected Topic from Part I]

Cohen, Charles L. “The ‘Liberty or Death’ Speech: A Note on Religion and Revolutionary Rhetoric.” The William and Mary Quarterly, 38:4 (Oct. 1981): 702–717.


[type your summary of the source here]


Kidd, Thomas S. Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots. New York: Basic Books, 2011.


[type your summary here]


“Patrick Henry,” in American Experience (Public Broadcasting Service), 131:36 mins.


[next summary]



[These sources are provided as an example of how your annotated bibliography should appear.  Do not include these sources in your bibliography.]


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