The Annotated Bibliography Assignment and Understandings (Check schedule for due date)
Research/Writing Assignment (this will be averaged into project 2: worth a combined 25%)
– Check Schedule for Due Date: (finished doc should be emailed – and properly formatted –
You are to create an annotated bibliography on a topic of interest to you. You may find benefit from
gathering focused resources on your next project. This annotated bibliography should include at least foursix possible sources (total). Two-three of those sources (minimum) should come from the Rose Library
resource databases. These (two-three) sources must come from scholarly and peer reviewed material, or
journal articles, and one may come from either a recognized or legitimate trade publication, recognized
magazine article or a published book from the Rose Library resources (physical or online databases).
You can select any topic, but you may find it a benefit to select something that you could implement within
your second project.
Your goal here is to begin (and understand) in-depth research on your topic by reading and engaging in
materials that will provide support, expertise and scholarly value for a project. Before you take the following
steps, you should thoroughly explore the research. This will help you begin to weed out material that may
not be relevant to you. TIP: If you’re going to take the time to conduct an annotated bibliography (or even ayou should not waste time writing down sources that you know will not provide benefit.
Remember … this is not a project for Google.
What is an annotated bibliography?
An annotated bibliography is a list of resources and references (articles, books, documents, films, audio,
etc.) followed by a brief paragraph (75-200 words per source) providing a descriptive evaluation of the
You will find this to be a valuable tool in organizing your notes and resources for projects. An annotated
bibliography allows you to bring all of your resources into one location, and it provides you with a quick
glimpse of what is contained within each source. This will be most helpful as you begin to formalize your
thoughts and structure for your projects. It will also provide you with a focused approach to themes, ideas,
important quotes and topics within each source offering supportive and alternate ideas of your project.
The first thing you’ll need to do is find and make records of appropriate sources. Then, review and examine
the references, and make notes of those you feel will provide the most relevance or support to projects.
You should cite the source in the approved APA format, and each should be organized in alphabetical order
by the author. You will ultimately use this format citation structure in the APA references page(s) for the final
draft of your submitted projects. Additionally you must provide a link (a permalink if possible) for each
source (if pulled from online).
You should follow each source with a brief description (or annotation) that provides a summary of the
source (this should be three-five sentences). This annotation should be in your own words and should not
be copied directly from the abstract; that is plagiarism. You want to summarize the central theme and scope
of each reference. You may want to address the following within the annotation (these are just ideas): A. Is
the author an expert or authority in the field? B. Compare and contrast this with other references you’ve
explored. C. Who is the intended audience for this particular reference? D. Explain how this particular
reference adds impact to your research. E. If you find important, or relevant quotes for your project
(presentation), you should note this as well.
This is the format I will require for your projects (and this week’s writing assignment):
Times New Roman fonts (or Georgia) should be used.
Each line should be double spaced with one-inch margins.
A running header with your name and paper title on the left.
Page numbers should be on the right.
Reference list entries must have a hanging indent.