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Review of Sources Paper

Paper Objective:  In this assignment you will be developing a list of sources on the topics of science, religion, and magic--and informing yourself further on what they are, on how people interpret them differently, and on their relationships to each other. You may also be finding an issue or topic in society that has some relation to these ideas, as well. You may pick an issue that encompasses two or all of these terms in some way.  

For this paper, you will be researching issues surrounding the terms science, religion, and magic.  Although we have approached these terms already, your paper need not take on these specific terms individually.  Indeed, your paper should not seek to support or debunk any argument about either topic or term but rather detail or summarize other writers' positions, arguments, and/or beliefs regarding these terms, and their reasons for holding those positions and/or beliefs, in regard to those issues. You may, certainly, critique those  those claims in your evaluative portion of the annotation.

Maimonides's letter to the scholars
of Lunel denouncing astrology

The purpose of this assignment is three-fold: 1) it should inform you, your classmates, and me in specific detail about what the various positions on these issues are and why they have evolved as they have; 2) it should inform us of how relatively credible those sources--or positions--are, and 3) it should give you a larger background of knowledge regarding the subject--or interrelation on the subjects.  This will be a modified annotated bibliography on at least ten sources that each address magic, religion, and/or science--or, more ideally, the connection between two or, even more ideally, all three of them. At least five of these sources should come from academic journals. 

Each source should be summarized and evaluated independently, following a correct citation as, and in the order that, it would be listed on an MLA Works Cited page.  Chapter 11 in your Field Guide should help you with this, as long as you remember that you are writing an annotated bibliography that is both descriptive and evaluative.  Please use standard English, including complete sentences and proper spelling in your annotations. 
There will be no need for a Works Cited on this paper, as the paper, itself, functions as one.

We will peer review these papers, but you may certainly also have your paper read by a reader in the Writing Center on campus; if you do so, make sure you bring in a copy of this assignment sheet with your draft and remember that the readers in the Center may require a 48-hour turn around time, so plan ahead.  Having had your paper at the Writing Center is not a valid excuse for attempting to turn it in late.  

Format: This essay should be double-spaced, carefully edited and proofread, and follow MLA style guidelines. You should have a heading with your name, my name, the course title and section number, and date on it. You must give the paper number and title a line of its own, and your last name and the page number should appear at the top right of each page, on all pages or after your first page. This paper should be at least three pages in length with one-inch margins--but will likely be longer.


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