An annotated bibliography is a common college writing project that you will probably be asked to do in various college classes. Often, it is one of the first steps in a larger research project. A “bibliography” is a list of citations of sources and “annotated” means a discussion. So an annotated bibliography combines citations and discussion. You’ll learn how this works in this assignment.
This writing assignment will help you to improve your skills in five areas:
The final draft of your annotated bibliography will be due on Tuesday, April 30. You will submit it as an assignment through Canvas. It is worth 100 points.
In this assignment, you will find information about the topic/problem you are researching for the rest of the quarter, and you will create a research question that you care about, are interested in and that is “researchable” in for college work. You’ll to start learn a lot about your topic/problem through your reading of source information. You will write an “annotated bibliography”: a presentation of citations and discussion of sources on a particular topic. Your paper will include three main elements: 1) an APA citation, 2) a summary paragraph and 3) an evaluation paragraph for each source.
The assignment require at least five sources, from websites, books, other media and the TCC library’s research databases. The assignment requires you to include at least two from the databases, and at least one of those must be peer-reviewed. We will learn to examine sources closely, based on specific criteria and to decide whether they are appropriate for college writing and relevant to your topic.
STEPS ALONG THE WAY:
Audience: Imagine yourself writing for an audience of college teachers, students and administrators who are interested in your topic and want to understand more about the problem. They want to make changes at TCC that will ensure that more students complete their degrees within three years. They need to see plenty of information from credible sources to make changes.
Key terms we will learn about and use in this assignment include:
A strong paper will include the following elements: