Annotated Bibliography Exercise
Your final project requires that you locate and evaluate sources on your own. An annotated bibliography is one tool which helps you to think critically about the sources you’ll encounter in your research. You should certainly have completed the SearchPath Tutorial on Moodle before you jump in to this assignment. An annotated bibliography is a standard References or Works Cited bibliography, combined with annotations about each of the sources. For this assignment, you will compose an annotated bibliography based upon the Research Project prompt you’ve chosen to address for your final project.
An annotated bibliography is an organizing tool that is helpful when working on a research project. An effective annotated bibliography is used to compile research sources in one location and provide the researcher with quick access to the information contained in each source.
You should write your annotations as if they are directed at an interested, but non-expert reader, your colleagues in class, for example.
Please apply the “CRAAP Test” (which was briefly described in the Searchpath Tutorial, as well as in the linked image) to all sources, especially web-based ones.
Your annotated bibliography will consist of the sources that you have deemed useful and relevant to your research question. While you may encounter sources that are not relevant or do not fit the scope of your project while researching, for the purposes of this assignment, you will only include the ones that you find useful, relevant, and reliable.
1. Cite the source in either APA or MLA format. The citations should be organized in alphabetical order by author just as in an APA References or MLA Works Cited page.
2. Follow with a brief annotation that summarizes the source (approx. 2-4 sentences). You may quote from the source, but do not copy and paste the abstract. Ideally, all of the annotation should be in your own words.
3. In 1 or 2 sentences, explain the source’s relevance and importance to your issue.
Constraints: The annotated bibliography is a fairly rigid genre. Your citations must adhere to the appropriate citation style format. This will be one of the central components of the grade for this assignment. Failure to follow format exactly will harm your grade. Use the guides posted on Moodle to format in APA and MLA style
The annotations for each source should follow an academic style. This means that you must construct, with elevated and sophisticated language, correct grammatical sentences that effectively summarize what each source has to say. Additionally, you should explain how each source is relevant to the issue that you have selected and what it adds to your knowledge about your issue.
Specific guidelines to follow when completing this assignment are:
• 10 sources of various types (book, article, website, etc.).
• Sources should clearly connect to the prompt you’ve chosen to address for the Research Project.
• Adherence to appropriate citation format for all citations.
• Sources in alphabetical order according to author.
• Thoughtful and complete annotations of 100-150 words.
• Correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.