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Research for Pop Culture Textual Analysis: An Example

English 101 Research: An example

It might be necessary to review what gets covered in the USC Upstate English 101 research tutorial...

Let's say I want to find some articles relevant to an essay about disability stereotypes in the Netflix series Daredevil, based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. Here's what I know at the start of my research process:

Step 1: Come up with search terms

I'll search library databases using various combinations of these terms:

Step 2: search library databases

Before I begin my searching here, I have to understand that not everything I find is going to be directly related to the Netflix show Daredevil in combination with disability stereotypes. For example, some of my results might be about blindness and the idea of heightened senses. Some of them might be about the Netflix show, but not about disability stereotypes. Some of them might be about the history of the character Daredevil in the comics. And some of them might be about disability and superhero. When I write my essay, it will be my responsibility to incorporate the sources that I find into my own writing. Remember that Chapter 1 of our textbook explains why we start with what others are saying. (Review the chapter and the associated slides, if you need to.)

Here are the steps I take:

Step 3: search the Web

After all of these steps, I have close to 20 sources that may or may not be useful. It is my responsibility to learn what I can about my topic, and determine which 3 sources are the best and most appropriate ones to use in the assignment.

Step 4: read the sources that I found

Step 5: choose the 3 that are most appropriate for my annotated bibliography

Step 6: write up an annotation for the 3 sources I found in Step 5

I take the 3 sources I've chosen and write my annotated bibliography.

An annotation does two things:

Make sure that each of your annotations provides not only an adequate summary of what a particular source says but also a thoughtful assessment of the quality of that work.

Get to the point quickly. Do not write an overly long annotation. In your annotation, do not repeat such things as the name of the author, the name of the article, or the name of the publication: all of that information is already contained in MLA-style bibliographic entry. Identify the main point of the source and explain how that point is supported.