The purpose of this page is to show you how to write a rhetorical summary, evaluate source credibility and usefulness, and finally write a complete annotation. Your instructor may want you to use an alternative format. Ask your instructor before you use this template.
Rhetorical Summary (1st Paragraph)
Before you begin: Cite the article in the format requested by your instructor.
Sentence 1: Author’s name, title of work and publishing information (in parentheses), an accurate verb, and a clause that contains the thesis statement/main idea of the work.
Sentence 2: Explain the arguments that support the thesis/main idea of the work, as well as the evidence the author uses to support those arguments.
Sentence 3: State the author’s purpose for writing the work.
Sentence 4: Describe the intended audience for the work. You can use the type of publication you found the work in to help you determine the audience. Sometimes authors even state the intended audience for you.
Credibility and Usefulness (2nd paragraph)
Sentence 1: State how this resource fits with similar scholarship. For example, discuss how this source relates to other things you are reading or investigating.
Sentence 2: Explain how you will use this source in your research project.
Sentence 3: Evaluate the credibility of the source and its author.
Sentence 4: List any questions this source does not answer about the topic, or further research that this source has inspired you to investigate.
Mol, A. (2003). The body multiple: Ontology in medical practice. Durham,
N.C.: Duke University Press.
Annemarie Mol’s (2003) The body multiple: Ontology in medical practice (2003,
Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press) asserts that diseases are diagnosed and
treated differently depending on patient, place, and healthcare provider. The
disease studied in this book is atherosclerosis, and Mol (2003) sees it treated
differently in different hospital departments in this ethnography. The author’s
purpose is to reflect on different approaches to healthcare in order to show how
medical treatments are decided upon. Mol (2003) writes for an audience of science
and technology scholars.
Mol’s (2003) The Body Multiple exists in conversation with the growing field of
Rhetoric of Health and Medicine, a field that has its own peer-reviewed academic
journal of the same name. I will use this book to study how disease diagnosis and
treatment decisions are negotiated between healthcare providers and their
patients. Mol’s research is credible because of the methodology used, her decades
of experience teaching on and research this topic, and the peer-review process of
Duke University Press. Throughout the book, Mol continually refers to Bruno Latour
and “actor network theory,” so I will search for research on both to better
understand this topic.