(Answer) ENGL147N-Week 3 Discussion: Breaking the Cherry-Picking Habit


ENGL147N Advanced English Composition

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: pp. 2-26, 32-36, and review pages 270-293 & 337-356.
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook)

Apply the following writing resources to your posts:

Initial Post Instructions

Main Post Paragraph 1: Share Your Thoughts on Annotated Bibliographies
Please take the time to reflect and to honestly respond to all of the following (in a single, well-developed paragraph):

  • When you started this class, did you fully understand the definition of an “annotated bibliography”?
  • Based on your textbook and lesson readings for this week, what do you now understand an annotated bibliography to be? Have you been guilty of “cherry picking” from the sources you write about? Explain.
  • In what ways do you anticipate your annotated bibliography being helpful to you in writing a strong, compelling argument research essay?
  • Also, after reviewing the lesson and the textbook, what remaining questions do you have about the annotated bibliography in general and/or about our assignment this week?

Main Post Paragraph 2: Perform an Initial Source Evaluation
Part of this week’s assignment will ask you to richly evaluate your potential sources for your argument research essay. This post will get you started by allowing you to practice with one of those sources. In a single, rich paragraph:

  • Introduce the source by author, title, and year, and summarize it briefly.
  • Explain why you chose this source over others.
  • Briefly run through all five elements of the CRAAP test.
  • How thoroughly have you read this source and how many times?
  • How have you benefited from more thorough readings of the source?

Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least one peer. Here, we have an opportunity to learn by example and to offer guidance for one another. The purpose of your responses to others is to support success. Provide rich feedback that you feel guides your classmates toward a high-quality annotated bibliography. Try to reply to classmates who have not yet received a useful response.

Writing Requirements

  • Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)
  • Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside scholarly source)
  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references


I never understood the definition of an “annotated Bibliography” until I came across it in this course. To my understanding, annotated Bibliography is a record of citations to publications or articles following a brief description and evaluation in a summarized paragraph. I must confess that I am guilty of cherry picking, being aware of the consequences, I pick the part I desire and reconstruct into my project. Annotated bibliography has helped me in developing my analytical skills and to identify and conduct a thorough review on an article.

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