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Annotated Bibliography Assignment
Description: Annotated Bibliography Assignment Description
Purpose: The purpose of the annotated bibliography is demonstrate your ability to locate, evaluate, cite, and summarize credible sources of information to support a research essay. The annotated bibliography is a way to keep track of sources of information you find that answer your research question. The annotated bibliography is a powerful pre-writing tool that I encourage you to use whenever you are asked to write a research paper. This assignment links to the following course outcomes: locate credible sources and understand intellectual ownership; employ a variety of research methods; and employ systems of documentation accurately.
Skills: The skills needed to complete this assignment include using search engines, library resources, and knowledgeable individuals to locate sources of information. You will also need to use the Microsoft References tool to generate your citations, as well as your reading comprehension and summary skills to communicate the content of each source.
Knowledge: You will need to demonstrate an understanding of how and where to locate sources and the criteria used to determine if a source is credible or trustworthy. You will also gain a great deal of knowledge about your specific research topic.
Rhetorical Situation: The audience for this assignment is me, the instructor, and you, the student-researcher.
Task: For the annotated bibliography, you will collect ten credible sources that answer your research question and create an annotated bibliography of those ten sources. This assignment builds on the skills you developed completing the research logs.
An annotated bibliography includes four elements:
1. a proper citation in either MLA or APA format listed in alphabetical order.
2. a summary of the source.
3. a brief explanation of how you would use the source in your essay.
4. the credentials of the author(s) of the source.
Unlike a research log, an annotated bibliography does not include questions for further research.
You may choose whether you want to write your Inquiry Project using MLA or APA citation style. Therefore, you may choose whether you want your citations on your Annotated Bibliography to be MLA or APA. We will use the Microsoft Word References Tool to generate the citations and you will then need to insert summaries of each source. You will submit your annotated bibliography through the appropriate submission link.
Please review all of the examples in the Resources for Annotated Bibliographies folder below.
Your annotated bibliography will be evaluated using the following criteria:
There are ten credible and reputable sources listed; the author and publisher credentials are mentioned in each summary.
Citations are listed in alphabetical order and formatted using a consistent citation style; citations are formatted correctly and include all relevant information.
The writer clearly and objectively provides a general overview of the main points of each source with some details pertaining to evidence included.
There is a clear and specific explanation of how the source will be used in an essay and the credentials of the author.
NOTE: Although there are no requirements for the kinds of sources you will need to collect, you should aim for a healthy mix of sources (for example, peer-reviewed journals, newspaper articles, magazine articles, Ted Talk, etc.) and avoid relying too heavily on one kind of source (e.g. all newspaper articles) or one source of information (e.g. four articles from the same magazine).
Please submit your annotated bibliography as a Word or PDF file through the link below. *my topic for these sources is “How do changing hormones affect a woman’s mental health”