Now that you have read and studied more than half of the text chapters and completed the related
assignments, what questions and ideas do you have in mind to consider as possible topics for your
annotated bibliography? Although that bibliography won’t be due until the end of the course, your proposal
is to be developed in this module so that you will have ample time to locate appropriate information
sources. Certainly, there are numerous possible topics presented in your text. There are others, as well.
Here are some examples:
Is chocolate good for your brain?
If you exercise, are you more apt to eat more nutritiously?
Can you avoid memory loss with exercise and a nutritious diet?
Is there a relationship between the amount you sleep and your weight gain?
What are the pros and cons of genetically engineered foods?
Why are there so many contradictory nutrition studies?
As a first step, carefully read and consider the information in Module 7 about the annotated bibliography.
Regardless of the topic you choose, you must receive your tutor’s approval. Your proposal must include
your topic (stated as a question); your rationale for selecting it; two of the sources you plan to use; and a
well-developed annotation for each of the two sources. The assignment information in Module 7 provides
helpful links to follow when writing your annotations.
For the bibliography, you will be selecting a total of 10 articles, of which 5 (or more) are to be from scholarly
journals and the remainder from lay publications. All the articles should correspond to your topic. Detailed
information about the kinds of articles to use and how to develop an annotated bibliography is in Module 7.
You may never have read an article in a scholarly journal, and even if you have, you may not feel that you
are an adept reader. To get a better understanding of what to look for in a scholarly article, watch the video
about how to read a scientific article. In fact, you may want to watch it several times.
Submit your proposal in this discussion area. You are to respond to at least two other students’ proposed
topics. Share your thoughts and suggestions with your classmates. Read and consider their postings,
which might help you fine tune your own proposal. In addition, you might be able to provide useful
suggestions to them. When responding, aim to provide good feedback such as why you think a topic might
be too narrow – or broad and perhaps suggestions of sources that might be particularly useful