Annotated Bibliography

Assignment Instructions

Annotated Bibliography

You will submit an annotated bibliography for 2 of your sources for the week 7 paper.  Each source will have the correct citation entry for the citation style you are using, as well as an annotation, which is made of a paragraph or two telling the reader about the source.  One (1) of the sources should be a peer-reviewed piece from a journal in the APUS Library.

To help you gather sources, review the assignment description for the week 7 analysis paper.  Pay special attention to the article linked there and the steps for identifying your problem. Here is the link to the article: “Looking for Trouble: Finding Your Way into a Writing Assignment.” This piece shows how to write about solving a problem, using the steps of noticing, articulating, posing questions, and identifying what is at stake.

After you have identified your problem, you can start choosing your sources and build an annotated bibliography.

Here are the steps you will take to build your annotated bibliography:

  • First, determine what kind of source you are using. Is it a book? Journal article? Blog? Using one of the citation guides in the APUS Library, find the model that matches your source. Hint: if you are looking at your source on your computer, you will go to the category of electronic sources to start looking.
  • Copy that model and paste it into your bibliography.
  • Then put your source in the correct citation format, following the model you just copied and pasted.
  • Finally, write a brief annotation of that source.  The annotation should describe the main ideas covered in the source as well as an evaluation by you for the source’s usefulness for your project. The handout attached below has more information about what should be in the annotation.

Please be sure that one (1) of your sources is a peer-reviewed article from a journal in the APUS Library. 

  • Follow the student example included below. You will see the model, the citation, and then the annotation for the source.  The rubric shown below shows that you will be graded on having the model for the citation format, so don’t forget to include it.
  • The attachment “Peer Review Defined” has helpful information from the APUS Library on peer-reviewed sources.
  • The attachment “how to” handout has some helpful tips on what to include in an annotation. 
  • Submit your assignment as a Word document attached to the assignment link so it can be processed on Turnitin.

 

Sample Annotation.   Each of your entries should follow the format below.

Sally StudentENGL 110DateAnnotated Bibliography- MLA

Model from APUS Citation Guide (MLA)

PRINT BOOK                     

 

Format: 

Author last name, first name. Book title. City: publisher, year. Medium.

Calkins, Lucy.  Raising Lifelong Learners: A Parent’s Guide.  Reading: Addison-Wesley         Longman.  1997.  Print.Lucy Calkins is a noted teacher and researcher in reading and writing. Her book is a guide for parents, helping them to work with their children’s schools to create a positive learning environment and a lifelong love of learning in their children.  Topics covered include fostering learning and curiosity in mathematics, science, social studies, reading, and writing.  Calkins’ work also offers advice on school curriculum and testing. By providing specific examples of parental involvement, this book will help support the assertion that parents need to play a strong role in their children’s education.

 

Supporting Materials

Annotated Bibliography

Writing Assignment #1 Critical Annotated Bibliography of Five Sources
Summary of assignment

• Task: In this assignment you will write a list of at least 5 sources in alphabetical order in APA format. In addition, each reference will be followed by a short analytical summary of 150-200 words. At the end of the short summary, you will include a sentence or two that critically analyzes the source and that mentions distinctive features about the article and why it may or may not be useful for you in pursuing more research.
• Length: Each annotation should be 150-200 words. • Format: APA • Sources: Five sources, all of which you fill find through UMUC’s OneSearch o All of your articles should be from scholarly journals or credible trade journals. They should not be from popular journals.
Strategies in Selecting a Topic for your Annotated Bibliography

You may select a topic of your choice. However, when selecting a topic, keep in mind that it should be a topic on which a number of studies or scholarly articles have been published.
Examples of topics students have chosen in the past or that would be workable for this assignment are the following:
• The impact of the Internet on research methods of students and plagiarism in student papers • The impact of The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act on primary school education • The impact of mobile devices on cybersecurity

Overall, in considering a topic, you might consider your major, topics that will be covered in future classes you plan to take at UMUC, and your interests.
For example, please examine the following ideas:
• If your major is criminal justice, you might consider researching the different types of CSI effects that have been explored in the literature or researching what studies have noted about body cameras for law enforcement officials.
• If your major is psychology, you might consider researching counseling strategies, consumer behavior in online shopping, decision-making in upper-management positions, etc. • If your major is history, you might consider researching theories on the Civil War, studies on labor patterns in the United States, an aspect of military history, etc. • If your major is social science, you might consider researching community responses to health care threats, co-parenting patterns after divorce, etc. • If your major is cybersecurity, you might consider researching different studies that analyze the training of employees on cyber issues or researching the Agile and Waterfall methods of project development.

Whatever topic you consider, keep in mind that it should be a topic on which a number of studies or scholarly articles have been published. You will conduct all or most of your research using UMUC’s OneSearch function in finding scholarly articles or articles from credible trade journals.
Approach

This assignment will be an analytical/critical/ annotated bibliography. The difference between the descriptive/informative annotated bibliography and the analytical/critical annotated bibliography is explained in the following video:
http://sites.umuc.edu/library/libhow/bibliography_tutorial.cfm
The transcript is at http://sites.umuc.edu/library/libhow/bibliography_tutorial.cfm#transcript

Moreover, the following website from UMUC’s Information and Library Services provides more information on how to complete this assignment:
http://sites.umuc.edu/library/libhow/bibliography_apa.cfm
Submitting the assignment:

You will submit a first draft of the essay to the assignment folder. The first draft will not be graded. The instructor will provide comments to it.

After receiving comments from the instructor, you will submit a revised draft. The final draft will be graded.

Helpful Resources and Websites

The following are some links to sample Annotated Bibliographies. Some of them give examples in APA format. You may want to observe these examples and perhaps model your work after them.
• A variety of samples from The University of North Carolina Writing Center, including these specific examples of APA-style annotations. • Some instruction from Cornell University. The website also provides more information on the process of writing an annotated bibliography. • Some instruction from East Carolina University.

Writing Assignment #1
Critical Annotated Bibliography
of Five Sources
Summary of assignment
· Task: In this assignment you will write a list of at least 5 sources in alphabetical order in
APA format. In addition, each reference will be followed by a short analytical summary
of 150-200 words. At the end of the short summary, you will include a sentence or two
that critically analyzes the source and that mentions distinctive features about the article
and why it may or may not be useful for you in pursuing more research.
· Length: Each annotation should be 150-200 words.
· Format: APA
· Sources: Five sources, all of which you fill find through UMUC’s OneSearch
o All of your articles should be from scholarly journals or credible trade journals.
They should not be from popular journals.
Strategies in Selecting a Topic for your Annotated Bibliography
You may select a topic of your choice. However, when selecting a topic, keep in mind that it
should be a topic on which a number of studies or scholarly articles have been published.
Examples of topics students have chosen in the past or that would be workable for this
assignment are the following:
· The impact of the Internet on research methods of students and plagiarism in student
papers
· The impact of The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act on primary school education
· The impact of mobile devices on cybersecurity
Overall, in considering a topic, you might consider your major, topics that will be covered in
future classes you plan to take at UMUC, and your interests.
For example, please examine the following ideas:
· If your major is criminal justice, you might consider researching the different types of CSI effects that have
been explored in the literature or researching what studies have noted about body cameras for law
enforcement officials.
· If your major is psychology, you might consider researching counseling strategies, consumer behavior in
online shopping, decision-making in upper-management positions, etc.
· If your major is history, you might consider researching theories on the Civil War, studies on labor patterns
in the United States, an aspect of military history, etc.
· If your major is social science, you might consider researching community responses to health care threats,
co-parenting patterns after divorce, etc.
· If your major is cybersecurity, you might consider researching different studies that analyze the training of
employees on cyber issues or researching the Agile and Waterfall methods of project development.
Whatever topic you consider, keep in mind that it should be a topic on which a number of
studies or scholarly articles have been published. You will conduct all or most of your
research using UMUC’s OneSearch function in finding scholarly articles or articles from
credible trade journals.
Approach
This assignment will be an analytical/critical/ annotated bibliography. The difference between
the descriptive/informative annotated bibliography and the analytical/critical annotated
bibliography is explained in the following video:
http://sites.umuc.edu/library/libhow/bibliography_tutorial.cfm
The transcript is at http://sites.umuc.edu/library/libhow/bibliography_tutorial.cfm#transcript
Moreover, the following website from UMUC’s Information and Library Services provides more
information on how to complete this assignment:
http://sites.umuc.edu/library/libhow/bibliography_apa.cfm
Submitting the assignment:
You will submit a first draft of the essay to the assignment folder. The first draft will not be
graded. The instructor will provide comments to it.
After receiving comments from the instructor, you will submit a revised draft. The final draft
will be graded.
Helpful Resources and Websites
The following are some links to sample Annotated Bibliographies. Some of them give examples
in APA format. You may want to observe these examples and perhaps model your work after
them.
· A variety of samples from The University of North Carolina Writing Center, including
these specific examples of APA-style annotations.
· Some instruction from Cornell University. The website also provides more information
on the process of writing an annotated bibliography.
· Some instruction from East Carolina University.

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