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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Annotating Sources (the Otis Way)

Information Competency is required of all Otis graduates. You can demonstrate your competency through your footnotes, a "works cited" page, and and annotated bibliography.

See also: Types of Information | CRAAP Detection

What's needed in an annotation?

  1. The credentials, authority or/or background of the author. (You may need to Google the author if there isn't a bio on the work.)
  2. The intended audience for the work. (Hint: look at the publisher and determine what types of work they publish.)
  3. Explain how this work illuminates your topic. Make sure you say more than "this work was interesting and helped me with my topic."

Sample Annotations

Grau, Donatien, and L.-S., tr Torgoff. "New York: Tim Burton: MOMA." Art-Press 365 (2010): 78-79. Art Source. Web. 14 Aug. 2013.

[Author Credentials] Donatien Grau is a critic, writer and academic. He is an alumnus of the “École Normale Supérieure” in Paris. He has written on contemporary art, in France and internationally, for publications such as Art Press and AnOther Magazine. [Audience/Type of Information] This article is in an art magazine and is a review of an exhibition. Art-Press is an arts magazine aimed at people interested in the art world, likely an educated audience. Therefore this is "substantive." The article is short and primarily just reporting without a lot of analysis. [How Work Illuminates your Topic] I found out that Burton exhibits paintings in major museums as well as creates movies. Now I can go look for the catalog.


Jagodzinski, Jan. Youth Fantasies: The Perverse Landscape of the Media. Gordonsville, VA: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. ebrary. Web. 29 July 2013.

[Author Credentials]  Jan Jagodzinski is a professor in the department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta with a Ph.D in education and a scholarly focus on teenagers and popular culture influences. He has written lots of articles on these subjects that have been published in peer-edited journals; this is his second book on the subject. [Audience/Type of Information] The information is a decade old so some of his examples are a little outdated. The book has a bibliography of 85 sources, is heavily footnoted and many of the footnotes are annotated. There are many images including photographs and screen shots from television shows and several graphs and charts. This is a scholarly source that targets an academic audience, especially undergraduate and graduate students. Palgrave Macmillan publishes globally but concentrates on the humanities and social sciences. [How Work Illuminates your Topic] In this book, the author attempts to examine youth culture. Rather than simply attempting to determine the effects of activities teens become involved with, he examines why they become interested in them in the first place, and attempts to rethink the lines of what the realities of teenagers are and what our fantasies of them are.


Bosacki, Sandra, et al. "Preadolescents' Self-Concept and Popular Magazine Preferences." Journal of Research in Childhood Education 23.3 (2009): 340-50. ProQuest. Web. 29 July 2013.

[Author Credentials] Dr. Sandra Bosacki is the Associate Professor (PhD) in the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education at Brock University in Canada. [Audience/Type of Information] The journal is the official publication of the Official Journal of the Association for Childhood Education International. It's scholarly. [How Work Illuminates your Topic] This article draws on a larger study of Canadian children's sense of self and media habits. The analysis shows a great diversity in preadolescents' magazine reading habits and self-descriptions. Results showed that across all ages, girls preferred mainly fashion and entertainment magazines, whereas boys preferred mainly magazines concerning sports and video games. This is good information for my paper because it analyzes the interests of children by gender.


Lytle, Ryan. "High School Students Increasingly use Social Media for College Search." U.S.News & World Report 09 2012: 1. ProQuest. Web. 14 Aug. 2013.

[Author Credentials] Ryan Lytle is a producer, reporter, and social media strategist writing for U.S. News & World Report. [Audience/Type of Information] This article is in a popular magazine although sometimes the articles are substantive. The particular article is short and not very in depth. [How Work Illuminates your Topic] There were a couple of statistics included which will be valuable, but I should probably verify those elsewhere as well.