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Annotated Bibliography Writing: Good Examples 2

A guide to help you understand what annotated bilbiographies are and how to make them.

More Good Examples

Berry, W. (n.d.). Charlie fisher. In W. Berry (Author), The way of ignorance and other essays (pp. 29-36). 
       Wendell Berry's essay discusses the far reaching consequences and 
       effects of the participants within an economy as well as the benefits of 
       ensuring a renewable and long lasting economic model by talking about 
       Charlie Fisher and his logging business. A lot of time is spent talking 
       about how Charlie's business effects his local economy through direct 
       purchases (like buying trees from a land owner) and indirectly such as 
       paying the men who work for him or all the people involved in making a 
       bulldozer. I felt the essay was very enlightening when it came to just 
       how much of an impact every person plays upon an economy. Taking a small 
       town and a small business and demonstrating all the ways it affects the 
       whole communities economy is a microcosm of the larger global economy. 
       Unfortunately, "the mechanical skidder siphons money away from the 
       community and into the hands of corporate suppliers" (Berry, The Way of 
       Ignorance, pg 33), reflects on the ways in which large corporations by 
       outsourcing their workforce actually siphon money away from the people 
       here at home. 

Another example

Darley, J. M., & Batson, C. D. (1973). From Jerusalem to Jericho. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology27, 100-108. 
       In this article Darley and Batson dicuss a study they did at Princeton 
       Theological Seminary. They wanted to find out if level of religiosity, 
       feeling of need to hurry, and what the subjects were thinking about 
       influenced their choice to help a person in need. The result was that the 
       only thing that had any significant effect was whether the subject was in 
       a hurry or not (p. 277). I found it interesting that how and what type of 
       religious the subjects were did not matter at all (p. 275). To me, good 
       morale and helpfulness is not something that depends on a person's 
       religion, so this supports my opinion. In a fast-paced society as the one 
       we live in, I'm not surprised at the stories of people not being helped, 
       since we're almost always on our way to somewhere else. However, the 
       article briefly mentions that people "hurry because somebody depends on 
       on their being elsewhere" (p. 278), which could be used as an excuse for 
       not stopping. 

Yet another example

Sokal, A. (2008). What is science and why should we care? Third Annual Sense 
     About Science Lecture
       This lecture, from the Third Annual Sense About Science Lecture series, 
       focuses on the role of science in creating an evidence based world view. 
       Sokal (2008) uses an operational definition of science as, “a 
       worldview giving primacy to reason and observation and methodology aimed 
       at acquiring accurate knowledge of the natural and social world.” (2) 
       Sokal sees there being four main opponents to science: Postmodern social 
       constructionists (3-5), Homeopathy (6-10), advocates of religion (11-14), 
       and propagandists (14-19). Social constructionists hold that, 
       “science does not in fact constitute objective knowledge of a 
       reality external to ourselves.” (Sokal, 2008, 3) Homeopathy, in effect, 
       is nothing more than a placebo. Homeopathy is not an acceptable 
       alternative to traditional medicine, it is simply, “water and 
       starch” (Sokal, 2008, 8) and it is taking funding away from real 
       medicine. Religions are fundamentally based on circular logic that cannot 
       provide evidence for its beliefs and therefore, relies on faith. Sokal 
       (2008) goes on to say that, “’Faith’ is not in fact a rejection of 
       reason, but simply a lazy acceptance of bad reasons.” (12) Propagandists, 
       or spin doctors, are sokal’s fourth and most dangerous enemies of an 
       evidenced based worldview. Sokal uses the Iraq War as a clear example of 
       politicians lying to the public in an effort to gain a desired outcome. 
       This was a fascinating read, and I agree with sokal about the nature of 
       science. Science is not a mental light switch that one can turn on for 
       physics and then turn off when reading scripture. Science represents a 
       way of understanding life, all of life, there are no limits to where 
       scientific principals can be applied. In summary, Sokal (2008) states, 
       “The scientific worldview inevitably comes into conflict with all 
       non-scientific modes of thought that make purportedly factual claims 
       about the world” (19). (This reminds me of a lyric by Aesop Rock, 
       “This goes out to my people, who grew up thinking faith was a 
       surrender of reason, but not a reason to surrender.”) 

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