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Your annotated bibliography is basically a listing of books with short summaries of their contents. There is no fixed limit or maximum for the number of books, nor is there a fixed limit or maximum for the length of the summaries. Here are some guidelines: 1. Decide on your Thesis Choose one of the essay topics from the syllabus and fashion it into a thesis statement. It does not have to be detailed or final at this point; it only needs to point you in the right direction. Keep in mind that it will probably change as you do research, and you may discover that your conclusion was incorrect. If you do discover that your thesis just won’t work, consider changing it rather than discarding it. 2. Number of Books and Articles The number of books and articles you need varies depending on your thesis, broad theses require more sources, and narrow theses require fewer. Once you have decided on a thesis, make a list of several topics related to that thesis. This is not required, but it is recommended. Use the topic list to help you find sources. So, for example, for the essay topic relating to social and technological fixes to environmental problems, you could have a topic entitled “automobile pollution.” There are a few general points to be made here. The first is that the topic list will help you to find books, but you will discover that many of these books will not be useful to you as they don’t directly discuss your topic. I personally suggest that you: a) Spend a few hours on the internet searching for library books and articles about your subjects. b) Spend a day in the library finding these books and
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2011 for the course NATS 1800 taught by Professor Jfdksoa during the Spring '11 term at York University.

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