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The following annotations include what should be included in annotations for the I-Search and other papers required by Otis Faculty.

Jagodzinski, Jan. Youth Fantasies: The Perverse Landscape of the Media. Gordonsville, VA: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. Site.ebrary.com. Aug. 2004. Web database.

[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 [Audience/Type of Information] The information is a decade old so some of his examples are a little outdated.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 and Anne Elliott, Mira Bajovic, Spogmai Akseer. “Preadolescents' Self-concept and Popular Magazine Preferences.” Journal of Research in Childhood Education. Spring 2009. Vol. 23, Iss. 3; pg. 340, Web.

[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.

Wolfgang, Ben. “Police to Use Social Media as Way to Head Off Flash Mobs.” The Washington Times, August 18, 2011, A1. <http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic/?>

[Author Credentials] Ben Wolfgang is a national reporter for The Washington Times. Before coming to the Times, he spent four years as a political reporter in Pennsylvania. His focus is on education and science policy. [Audience/Type of Information] This article is in a newspaper and can be considered directed at a popular audience. The article is fairly short and primarily just reporting without a lot of analysis. [How Work Illuminates your Topic] I am interested in how social media is used by youth, but this is a case where police seem to using the media against the organizers. The article is clearly biased toward considering flash mobs a crime that is organized quickly by youth on social media. The youth are referred to as “troublemakers.”

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. It could be considered substantive news or popular. Art-Press is an arts magazine aimed at people interested in the art world, likely an educated audience. 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.