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FMA 1171 Media and Culture (Paul Swann sections)

This guide is intended to assist you with the video gaming annotated bibliography assignment.

Video Game Annotated Bibliography Assignment

8 bit bookThis guide is meant to help you complete the annotated bibliography assignment - be sure to read the assignment description provided by your instructor before you get started. 

The annotated bibliography assignment for this course requires you to find ten sources on your assigned topic using the resources on this guide, save your sources in Refworks, and add a description and notes about each source to your bibliography.  Use this first page of the guide to learn more about what an annotated bibliography is, and use the other pages (the blue buttons on the left) for help creating your annotated bibliography.


Example Source and Annotation

London, H. “Five Myths of the Television Age.” Television Quarterly 10(1) Spring 1982: 81-89.

Television Quarterly is an academic journal that was published by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences until 2008.  The authors of the articles seem to be mostly scholars working at universities or people who work in the film industry, so they seem credible.  However, most of the articles don't have cited references.

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, though. London's style and vocabulary would make the article of interest to any reader. The article clearly illustrates London's points, but does not explore their implications, leaving the reader with many unanswered questions.

The above example is adapted from Memorial University Libraries' "How to Write Annotated Bibliographies."