Roman Empire Annotated Bibliography
Research Assignment: Annotated Bibliography
Annotated Bibliography: 200 Points.
Each student will write one (1) annotated bibliography, consisting of four (4)
annotated bibliographic entries, which will demonstrates the student’s ability to
collect, analyze, synthesize, and present information in written form, properly
incorporating, citing and documenting sources. For this annotated bibliography,
students must find four (4) valid sources on a selected topic. This is a Library
research project. Specifically, students are required to utilize the ASU Library’s
databases J-Stor and Academic Search Complete to locate full-length scholarly
articles on their research topic.
The four sources utilized for this assignment must all be full-length (minimum of
ten pages each) scholarly articles found in scholarly journals. Each of the four
annotated bibliographic entries must be at least 150 words in length (5-7 sentences)
excluding the citations themselves, for a total minimum of 600 words of annotation.
What are “valid” sources for this assignment?
1) Full-length (minimum ten pages) scholarly articles found in scholarly
journals. NB—History Today is not a scholarly journal.
a) These articles must be published in the English language
b) These articles may not be book reviews
c) These articles must not have been originally published prior to 1960
d) These articles must be directly on your research topic
e) These articles must approach your research topic from a historical
What are not valid sources for this assignment?
In addition to the restrictions mentioned above, the following are not considered
1) Books of any kind are not valid sources for this assignment.
2) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias, including online dictionaries and
encyclopedias (such as Wikipedia) are not considered valid sources.
3) Websites of any kind are not considered valid sources.
4) Textbooks of any kind, including the course textbook, are not considered valid
5) Historical documents, or books which are collections of historical documents,
are not considered valid sources.
6) Book reviews, even if they are found in scholarly journals, are not considered
7) Scholarly articles which are fewer than ten pages in length are not considered
8) Scholarly articles originally published prior to 1960 are not considered valid
sources for this assignment.
9) Scholarly articles published in any language other than English are not
considered valid sources for this assignment.
10) Any scholarly article which does not deal directly with your research topic,
and approach it from a historical perspective, is not considered a valid source.
This is a history assignment. The selected topics, and the sources employed, should
address themes that fall within the chronological parameters of the course. If your
research topic is Chinese Buddhism from 500 to 1500 CE, you may not employ as a
source an article about Chinese Buddhism in the 19th century; nor may you employ as a
source an article about Indian Buddhism, even if it deals with the appropriate time frame.
Each of the four entries will be graded on grammar, style, format, level of detail,
historical accuracy, and proper citation of sources. Annotated Bibliographies
containing any amount of plagiarism will receive a grade of
Zero (“0”), with no opportunity for a re-write.
Minimum standard: students must score sixty percent (60%) of all points available (that
is, 120 out of 200 points).
What is an Annotated Bibliography?
A standard bibliography is a list of citations of sources (books, journals, periodicals,
etc.) one has used for researching a topic. Standard Bibliographies are sometimes called
“references” or “works cited” depending on the style format you are using. A standard
bibliography usually just includes the bibliographic citation information (i.e., the
author, title, publisher, etc.) for each source in the bibliography. For articles, most of the
elements of proper citation—author(s), title of article, title of journal in which article
appears, volume and issue number of the journal in which the article appears, date of
publication of that particular issue, and the page range that the article covers in that
particular issue, can usually be found at the very top of the first page of the article.
An annotation is a summary and evaluation of a scholarly source. Therefore, an
annotated bibliography includes not only complete citation information for each source,
but also a summary and evaluation of each source. For this assignment, each of your four
annotations will do the following (in five to seven complete sentences per annotation):
1) Summarize: What is the main argument of the article? What are the major points
raised by the author?
2) Evaluate: does the source seem reliable? What sorts of evidence does the author
employ? Does the evidence provided by the author support the major claims made by
3) Assess: How does this work address your research topic and advance your
understanding of that topic?
Examples of bibliographic citation, presented in proper University of Chicago
An example of proper bibliographic citation of an article:
Jaggard, Edwin. “Small Boroughs and Political Modernization, 1832-1868: a Cornwall
Case Study.” Albion 29, no. 4 (1998), pp. 622-642.
(Note that bibliographic citations for articles contain: 1) the name of the author(s); 2) the
name of the article; 3) the name of the scholarly journal in which the article appears; 4)
volume number and issue number of the journal in which the article appears; 5) the date
of publication of the issue of the journal in which the article appears; and 6) the page
range which the article covers in that particular issue of the journal).
Example of an annotated bibliographic citation:
Saunders, Robert. “The Politics of Reform and the Making of the Second Reform Act, 1848-
1867.” Historical Journal 50, no. 3 (2007), pp. 571-591.
Saunders’ article seeks to situate the 1867 passage of the Second Reform Act in the
politics of the preceding two decades, which is an approach that other historians have
rejected. He argues that the failure to enact Reform in the 1850s or early 1860s was not
the consequence of Conservative hostility to all political reform, but rather of the
inability of Conservatives and Liberals to agree upon which types of political reforms
were desirable. Saunders’ approach provides a helpful reminder of the centrality of the
question of political reform to the unfolding Liberal/Conservative debate of the 1850s
and 1860s; yet he is not really able to demonstrate that the actual passage of the 1867
Reform Act was much influenced by that debate. Nevertheless, Saunders’ research is
sound, drawing on a range of primary source documents including transcripts of
parliamentary debates and the private correspondence of key politicians. This article
has advanced my understanding of the 1867 Reform Act by illustrating the ways in
which it was, and was not, influenced by the political debates of the 1850s and early
? Your Annotated Bibliography must include four valid sources. These sources must
be full length (minimum of ten pages each) scholarly articles found in scholarly
journals. Sources other than these are not considered valid.
? The heading of your Annotated Bibliography should include your name, course and
section number, and the instructor’s name (Dr. Markus), all in the upper left corner.
? The title should be centered. It should read “Annotated Bibliography for research on
_______________ ” (where the blank is your specific research topic).
? Each entry should follow exactly the format provided in the example above, including
the use of indentation, spacing, etc. Each entry must include the bibliographic
information for the source in question presented in proper citation format (see above
example). Each annotation must be 5-7 complete sentences in length (minimum 150
words per annotation).
? Do not number the entries.
? The annotation for each entry should be indented and separated from the
bibliographic citation by a single blank space. (See above example).
? There should be a single blank space between each of the three entries.
? Do not commit plagiarism when writing the annotations. You must use your own
words when composing the annotations. You are not to employ quotations of any
kind—either from the source or from a printed abstract of the source. Those who
commit plagiarism on this assignment will receive a grade of
Zero, with no opportunity to resubmit it.
1) Select a research topic.
a. Students are to submit a list of five possible topics, drawn from the Research
Topic List which has been provided to you, by 5 PM on Tuesday January 15.
This list of five topics must be saved as a Microsoft Word file and uploaded to
Blackboard via the assignments page. You must upload your list of five potential
topics in the appropriate assignment slot. Please note: it is a good idea to choose
some of your selections from topics which will be covered later in the course; not
everyone will be able to write on something we have already discussed. Students
who fail to submit their list of five potential research topics properly and on
time will be penalized five points per day from their final grade for on their
b. The Instructor will notify the student of which topic they may conduct their
2) Conduct Research on selected topic.
a. Locate four valid sources utilizing the University’s Library Databases Academic
Search Complete and J-Stor. These four sources must be full length (minimum of
ten pages) articles from scholarly journals.
b. No websites or books of any kind may be employed as sources. Reference
books (e.g. Encyclopedias) may be employed as sources; textbooks may not
be employed as sources; Document collections may not be employed as a
source; Book reviews may not be employed as sources.
c. Make sure that the articles you select are actually about your research topic.
Titles can often be misleading.
d. When you have located your sources, read them and take notes. Your notes will
help you when it comes time to write the annotations. Make sure that you take
notes in your own words, as no quotations from the sources may appear in
3) Students are to submit a Standard Bibliography containing four valid, on-topic sources,
in proper citation format, by 5 PM on Friday February 8. This Bibliography must be
saved as a Microsoft Word document and uploaded to Blackboard in the appropriate
assignment slot. Students who fail to submit their Standard Bibliography properly
and on time will be penalized five points per day from their final grade on their
4) Students are to submit the completed Annotated Bibliography, containing four
annotated sources, by 5 PM on Monday March 25. The annotated bibliography must be
saved as a Microsoft Word file and uploaded to Blackboard in the appropriate assignment
slot. Students who fail to submit their Annotated Bibliography properly and on time
will be penalized five points per day from their final grade on this assignment.
5) All files submitted to Blackboard must be Microsoft Word files (.doc or .docx). PDF
files, Microsoft Works files, and Google Docs files are not acceptable.
February 11, 2019
Roman Empire (27 BCE to 476 CE)
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Temin, Peter. “The Economy of the Early Roman Empire.” The Journal of Economic Perspectives 20, no. 1 (2006): 133-51. http://www.jstor.org/stable/30033637
Temin, Peter. “The Labor Market of the Early Roman Empire.” The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 34, no. 4 (2004): 513-38. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3656762
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