Working Thesis/Annotated Bibliography

For this step in the research process, you will be

1. Crafting a ‘working’ thesis statement (remember, it may change before the final copy of your paper and that’s okay!) and

2. Creating an annotated bibliography. Both of these will be typed according to MLA format and turned in for a grade.

How to do an Annotated Bibliography:

  1. Find your sources.
    1. Remember, you need a minimum of four sources; one from each of the categories outlined in the Overview of the research paper.
    2. READ your sources. Make sure you understand them and how they might function in your paper.
  2. Create an MLA citation for each of your sources.
    1. I highly recommend you do NOT use a program like ‘Easy Bib’ because it usually messes something up. Use the Purdue OWL as a reference for MLA citations.
      2. MLA citations are always double-spaced, using a hanging indent when continued on to the second and subsequent lines.
    2. Write an annotation for each source.
      1. The annotation will be two parts (mini-paragraphs).
        1. Part 1: Summarize the source. What main ideas are expressed in the source? 3-5 sentences, NOT including your own opinion.
        2. Part 2: Explain how you plan to use the source in your own paper (how will it help you prove your thesis?) and why the source is a credible one. Should be 2-3 sentences.
      2. *The annotation is in your own words, NOT copied from the original sources.
      3. Annotations should be single-spaced.
    3. Compile it all together in MLA format.
      1. Use the general rules for an MLA-formatted paper – 1” margins, 12 pt. TNR, MLA heading, Running Header with your last name & page number, etc.
      2. Title the paper ‘Working Thesis and Annotated Bibliography’
        1. Sub-title with the general topic of your paper (e.g. Public Education in America)
      3. Type your thesis statement.
      4. Follow with your annotated sources (use example as a guide).
        1. Always listed in alphabetical order according to the first thing in the MLA entry
      5. Print one-sided.

Working Thesis Statement

Because the issues that prevent organ donation from being highly effective primarily stem from unfounded myths and worries about the process, with improved education, organ donation could save more lives.

Cronin, Antonia J. and John Harris. “Authorisation, Altruism.” Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 15, no. 1, 1996, pp. 41-50.

This journal article discusses the selflessness of donating organs. Although it is based on research from the United Kingdom, I believe the overall concept still applies to organ         donation in America. The authors of this article are medical experts.

I will use this article to explain organ donation from the experts’ side. It will give my paper some credibility.

Frangoul, Anmar. “Grieving Families.” CNBC, 15 Jan. 2016. Accessed 31 Jan. 2017.

In this recent article, Frangoul exposes that some families are upset about the organ donation process. These families were involved in making the decision to end life support and to donate their loved ones’ organs, but then later worried that they made the wrong choice. The reporter investigates the reason for this worry.

I plan to use this article to explain how organ donation is misunderstood. I think it represents some widely held beliefs about the dangers of organ donation.

Lovely, Stephen. Irreplaceable. Hachette Books, 2009.

This novel is a touching story about organ donation and how it can bring strangers together. The main character randomly meets the recipient of his loved one’s donated heart, and the connection between the two is undeniable. The story reflects organ donation in a positive light.

I will use this article to represent how organ donation is being portrayed in current American Literature. While the medical and legal concept surrounding organ donation are important, the human side of the experience is significant as well.