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Macbeth Annotated Bibliography

Assignment: Compile an annotated bibliography for the sources you will use in the Macbeth Research Essay. You include should at least four sources. Two sources should be scholarly—journal articles or books published in academic publications. The other sources should be A, B, or C level based on the Veracity Scale Document. You can also use Macbeth as a source if you would like. If you use the play as a source, be sure to use and cite the text we are using in class (No Fear Macbeth). See the Moodle page for the correct citation. Be sure to use the original verse (not the modern translation). Avoid study aid websites like Shmoop, enotes, Cliffsnotes, UK Essays, etc. If your bibliography contains study aid sources, expect significant point deductions. To earn maximum credit, you should exceed the minimum number of sources. Also, higher quality sources (scholarly articles) will earn higher grades. Review the Sample Annotated Bibliography on Moodle.

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Format: MLA. Do not use a citation builder for the citations, use the notes posted to Moodle. Be sure to list the citations in alphabetical order.

Due: On Moodle. See Moodle for the due date.

POV: 1st person (saying “I will use…” is fine) and 3rd person. Avoid 2nd person (do not talk directly to the reader).

Avoid plagiarism: Summarize, discuss, and analyze the sources in your own words. Do not copy sections from the source and change a few words. Do not include any direct quotes.

Tone: Formal. Use academic language. Avoid slang, colloquialisms, and conversational language. Avoid contractions. Be sure to edit for grammar and punctuation.

Below are the topics for the Macbeth Essay. Choose ONE of the following topics. Then, begin researching the topic. The goal of the Annotated Bibliography is to find quality sources that will allow you to develop the Macbeth Research Essay.

Discuss Macbeth’s mental deterioration in the play.
Track his symptoms and diagnose the illness/illnesses he likely suffered from, explaining why with examples from the text and from outside sources.
Discuss the events/characters who exacerbate his condition.
Also discuss how the mental illness exacerbated his actions and fate.

Examine the role of Lady Macbeth in the play.
What impact did she have on Macbeth and thus the events of the play?
What is her mental state and how does it compare with that of her husband? How does it change?
Is Lady Macbeth more (or less) responsible for the trail of carnage they leave? How/why?

Examine the theme of mental illness in the play.
What is the role that mental illness serves in the play?
How does Shakespeare allude to mental illness?
Which characters suffer from mental illness? How does it impact their actions and the plot?

Discuss the role of prophecy in the play.
Was Macbeth’s fall fate or free will?
Was Macbeth’s prophecy self-fulfilling? Why?
What role did the witches play in Macbeth’s actions and fate?
How does prophecy connect with ambition and mental illness?


Read Macbeth and take the quizzes.
Choose a topic for the Macbeth Research Essay. See topics above and on the Macbeth Research Essay Prompt Posted on Moodle.
Begin researching your topic. Find at least four sources to use in your Macbeth Research Essay. At least two sources should be A-level academic sources, based on the Veracity Scale (posted to Moodle). Use the Veracity Scale as a frame of reference to ensure the sources are A-level. All other sources should be at least C level (however the stronger your sources, the higher your grade will be). One source can be the text of the play we are using in class. Be sure to cite the text we are using—see Moodle Module 1 for the correct citation. Also, understand that this text is not an academic source. Do not use study aid sources in the bibliography or essay. Review the Sample Annotated Bibliography for reference.
The paper should be written in MLA format: double spaced, 12 pt. font, proper heading, aligned left with 1 inch margins, etc. Format titles correctly: italicize major works, use quotes for minor works (like articles). Include a title for your paper—Macbeth Annotated Bibliography is fine.
Begin the paper with a paragraph that discuss that explains the topic you have chosen (from the Macbeth Research Essay Prompt).
Then, list the MLA citation for each source you will use in the paper. List the sources in alphabetical order. Be sure the sources are correct—avoid citation builders because they are often incorrect.
After listing each source in MLA format, provide one paragraph (or more) that 1) summarizes the source 2) explains the source grade based on the Veracity Scale (be sure to examine and discuss the author and publication), and 3) discuss how it will be used in the essay. See the Sample Veracity Project document for reference.
After listing the final source, you are done—do not include an additional Works Cited page.
Your paper will be graded on the following points:
How strong are your sources? Did you include at least four? Including non-academic sources will negatively impact the grade. Exceeding the minimum number (as well as the minimum number of scholarly sources) will help improve your grade
Are your MLA citations formatted correctly?
Is the rest of the essay formatted correctly?
Does the essay avoid plagiarism?
Does the essay follow the directions listed on the prompt?
Do not rely on citation builders—they are often incorrect. Use the MLA notes on Moodle.
One way to ensure you receive the highest grade is to send me a rough draft in advance. Rough drafts are not required, and they are not part of the course grading, but they are beneficial for the students who choose to complete them. Also, feel free to email me questions as they arise. See Moodle for rough draft due dates.
The essay is due in the Turnitin link on Moodle. The essay is not considered ‘turned in’ until it is submitted in the correct Turnitin link on Moodle. Once the essay is submitted, it will be run through a plagiarism filter.
See Moodle for the essay due date. Be sure you attach the correct file. It is a good idea to mark your final draft as specifically as possible: Macbeth Annotated Bibliography Final Draft. When you submit the essay, you will receive a digital receipt so you can verify your submission. Note: the digital receipt does not show you the entire document—only a snapshot. Before the due date, you can resubmit the essay three times, so if you realize you forgot to add something or submitted an incorrect file, you can resubmit your paper. After the due date, you cannot resubmit the essay.

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