A critical approach to your annotated bibliography is one in which you really think about and consider the authors of the resources you wish to cite. Using ACT UP, you can critically compile your annotated bibliography.
Here are some steps to get you started:
1. Collect the 5-6 sources that you plan on including in your annotated bibliography.
2. Cite each of these in the citation style required for the assignment.
3. Compile an overview of the author (basic biography, institutional affiliation). If the resource is a book, locate and cite reviews of the book. How was the book received by the public? Cite any information you can find on the publisher of the book as well.
4. If the resource is a scholarly article, see if you can find out if the article has been used in any other research. Has the article been cited? How many times and by whom? If it hasn't been cited, consider what that means. Also, locate the journal that the article you found was published in. What are their publication requirements? Who do they publish?
5. If the resource is a blog, video or another type of media, how many times has the resource been viewed, shared? Can you see who else has seen/used the resource?
6. Explain in a paragraph or two how this particular resource addresses your research, answers your research questions and/or informs you on the topic.
Here is an example of what an annotated citation would look like:
Halberstam, Judith. The Queer Art of Failure. Durham: Duke University Press. 2011.
Judith Halberstam (Jack Halberstam) is a Professor at the University of Southern California of American Studies and Ethnicity and is the author of five book published primarily by university presses in the United States and various journal and magazine articles.
The Queer Art of Failure is a well-reviewed book in American Studies journals, Queer Studies journals, and Gender Studies journals published by Duke University Press, a leader in the humanities and the social sciences publishing.
This resource addresses.....(here is where you would write your paragraph or two on why you are using the resource).
Here is an excellent resource for writing a thesis statement: