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MLA EXAMPLE OF INFORMATIVE ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: TAKEN FROM "HOW TO WRITE AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY" London, Herbert. "Five Myths of the Television Age."Television Quarterly10.1 (1982): 81-89. Herbert London, the Dean of Journalism at New York University and author of several books and articles, explains how television contradicts five commonly believed ideas. He uses specific examples of events seen on television, such as the assassination of John Kennedy, to illustrate his points. His examples have been selected to contradict such truisms as: "seeing is believing"; "a picture is worth a thousand words"; and "satisfaction is its own reward." London uses logical arguments to support his ideas, which are his personal opinion. He doesn't refer to any previous works on the topic. London's style and vocabulary would make the article of interest to any reader. MLA EXAMPLE OF INDICATIVE ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: EXAMPLE FROM PATRICIA BIZZELL AND BRUCE HERZBURG'S BOOK Griffin, C. Williams, ed.Teaching Writing in All Disciplines.San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1982. Ten essays on writing-across-the-curriculum programs, teaching writing in disciplines other than English, and teaching techniques for using writing as learning. Essays include Toby Fulwiler, "Writing: An Act of Cognition"; Barbara King, "Using Writing in the Mathematics Class: Theory and Practice"; Dean Drenk, "Teaching Finance Through Writing"; Elaine P. Mairnon, "Writing Across the Curriculum: Past, Present, and Future." MLA EXAMPLE OF EVALUATIVE ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: EXAMPLE FROM BRENDA SPATT'S BOOK Gurko, Leo.Ernest Hemingway and the Pursuit of Heroism.New York: Crowell, 1968. This book is part of a series called "Twentieth Century American Writers": a Brief Introduction to the Man and his Work. After fifty pages of straight biography, Gurko discussed Hemingway's writing, novel by novel. There's an index and a short bibliography, but no notes. The biographical part is clear and easy to read, but it sounds too much like a summary. MLA EXAMPLE OF COMBINATION ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: Doll, Susan and Greg Faller. "Blade Runner and Genre: Film Noir and Science Fiction."Literature Film Quarterly14.2 (1986): 89-100. Doll and Faller assert that Ridley Scott's film,Blade Runner , exhibits elements

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of two distinct pulp genres, film noir and science fiction. The genre cross-pollination is a reflection of Philip K. Dick's novel,Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? , upon which the movie is based. After a useful discussion of genre, the authors go on to effectively discuss defining characteristics of both noir and sci-fi, despite the difficulties of such a project. Through the course of accessible discussion and useful examples from the film, the complexities involved in the combination of genres are revealed. In addition, the article also examines the ways that noir and sci-fi in fact complement each other, noir providing a distinct style and sci- fi a distinct narrative direction. Both genres are also concerned with many of the same issues, especially social constructs, ethics, and the state of being human. MLA EXAMPLE OF TELESCOPIC ANNONTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: TAKEN FROM BRENDA SPATT'S BOOK Hingley, Ronald.Chekhov: A Biographical and Critical Study.London: George Allen & Unwin, 1950. A very good biography. A unique feature of this book is the appendix, which has a chronological listing of all English translations of Chekhov's short stories. MLA EXAMPLE OF PARAGRAPH ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: Renner, Stanley. "'Red hair, very red, close curling': Sexual Hysteria, Physiognomical Bogeymen, and the 'Ghosts' in The Turn of the Screw." InHenry James: The Turn of the Screw.Ed. Peter G. Beidler. Boston: Bedford Books, 1995. 223-241. Renner asserts that what has previously been considered a supernatural event in James' Turn of the Screw is actually a psychological one. According to Renner, James was in fact using the psychosis of the governess to comment on repressive Victorian sexual ideals and their effects on individuals. Renner uses a little bit of biography to show that James would have been familiar with "sexual hysteria", but the more successful part of the article is his careful analysis of physiognomical stereotyping in the Victorian Era. His central argument effectively links the onset of the governess's sexual hysteria and hallucination with the influence of Victorian assumptions about character and physical appearance.

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