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Word limit: 150-250 words per entry; 300-500 words overall
Choose a research topic that you would like to explore, then form it into a question that you will perform research on and attempt to answer in your research paper.
Using the CapU library website and following the Research Skills Workshop videos by librarian Jocelyn Hallman, find a minimum of four scholarly, peer-reviewed sources that relate to your research question in some way. Remember that you don’t need to find sources that tackle the exact same issue as you or that articulate the exact same research question or argument. Instead, you will likely find sources that have some overlap with your research topic but that explore slightly different areas of concern. These are still useful to you! You don’t need to comprehensively engage with each source in your research paper, but instead can draw on the aspects that are relevant to your project.
If you need help finding scholarly, peer-reviewed sources that relate to your research question, please remember that you can get research support from a librarian using the AskAway live chat or by emailing your question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you have read a minimum of four sources, you will choose the two that are the most helpful for your research project and write an annotation on each one, which will form a short annotated bibliography of two entries.
Each annotation should be between 150 and 250 words long.
In order to learn more about what annotated bibliographies are and to see two short sample annotations, please thoroughly look over CapU’s LibGuides on MLA style Annotated Bibliography and APA style Annotated Bibliography (you can choose between MLA or APA style).
Here are the main elements to include, which form the grading criteria on which each annotation will be evaluated (these elements accord with the grading criteria in eLearn):
1. A citation of the source in APA or MLA style (5 pts)
Go to the links above for examples. To get full marks, the citation must be free of errors.
2. A clear and even-handed summary (5 pts)
The summary should describe the main ideas, observations, arguments, and conclusions of the source. This should mention the methodology the author uses (Extensive research? A case study? Statistics? Compare and contrast?) as well as the intended audience (General? Professional?).
3. An evaluation of the source’s strengths and weaknesses (5 pts)
The evaluation should assess some of the following: Does the author draw on enough evidence or previous works to support the main claims? Does the article clearly express its ideas and answer the questions it puts forward? Is the source helpful for most readers, or only for a limited/specialized audience? Does it provide useful terms and define them clearly? Is the article persuasive? Is there anything missing?
4. An assessment of reliability (5 pts)
To determine the reliability of the source, you should explain where the source was published (An academic journal? Is it peer reviewed?), what kinds of credentials or expertise the author possesses, and any potential biases the source may have. What point of view is the article written from? Based on what you know, do you trust the source? Does it seem fair and accurate?
5. A connection to your research project (5 pts)
This is your opportunity to highlight the ways in which the source relates to your research topic. Is it helpful or unhelpful in the exploration of your research question? Is it discussing a relevant issue? Does the author use any methods or terminology that might be useful to you? Do any of the author’s conclusions support your claims? If the argument differs from the one you want to make, could you critique it in your research paper?
6. Academic integrity (5 pts)
Make sure that you abide by academic honesty in every way. This means always including citations when necessary and conveying your responses to the source in your own words. For this assignment, forms of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, the following: providing a write-up of the article that is taken from the article abstract found online; taking phrasing directly from the article without attributing it to that source; working with another student and handing in annotations that are too similar to each other’s; or handing in an annotation that you have submitted for marks in a different class. For guidance, please consult CapU’s LibGuide on academic integrity and go through the “Academic Integrity Tutorials” included at the bottom of that page.
7. Writing mechanics (5 pts)
Your sentences are clear, with virtually no errors relating to grammar, punctuation, or spelling. The style and tone are appropriate for academic writing.
8. Length and formatting (5 pts)
Your writing is double spaced and typed in 12-point font, and each annotation is between 150 and 250 words long.