Review of Sources Paper
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
For this paper, you will be
researching issues surrounding the terms science,
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,
science--or, more ideally, the
connection between two or, even more ideally, all three of them.
five of these sources should come from academic
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.