Writing to Inform: Annotated Bibliography Assignment



Download 29.94 Kb.
Date conversion20.04.2016
Size29.94 Kb.

Writing to Inform: Annotated Bibliography Assignment

To prepare you for the next assignment, the community problem report, you’ll need to do some research. One of the more useful tools in conducting research is the annotated bibliography.  An annotated bibliography combines the citations found in the References list at the end of documents in APA format with annotations about each of the sources.  For this assignment, you will construct an annotated bibliography based upon the community issue or problem that you have selected to focus on for the semester.

 

Purpose:  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. 
Audience: This assignment should be directed at your scholarly peers, and you may assume that they have only a casual familiarity with your topic or issue.

  

Content/Subject: Your annotated bibliography will consist of the sources that you have deemed relevant to your topic and/or question(s) of inquiry.  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 and relevant. 




  1. Cite the source in proper APA format.  The citations should be organized in alphabetical order by author just as in an APA References page. 




  1. Follow with a brief annotation that summarizes the source (approx. 3-5 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.




  1. 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 APA format.  This will be one of the central components of the grade for this assignment.  Failure to follow APA format exactly will harm your grade.

  

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:



  • 7-10 sources of various types (book, article, website, etc.).

  • Sources focused around a narrowed issue or question of inquiry.

  • Adherence to APA format for all citations.

  • Sources in alphabetical order according to author.

  • Thoughtful and complete annotations of 100-150 words.

  • Correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

 




MGH Reading References
Chapter 19: Finding and Evaluating Information (p. 533-552)

This chapter provides guidelines for researching online and using the library databases. It will assist you in determining the quality of the sources you locate.


Chapter 20: Synthesizing and Documenting Sources (p. 559-568)

This chapter is useful for understanding plagiarism and how to avoid it. It will also help you with summarizing, quoting, and paragraphing, which will all be important to your annotated bibliography.


APA Documentation Style (p. 594-161)

Use these pages along with online references, like the Purdue OWL, to create your citations in APA formatting.


Genres Up Close: Writing an Annotated Bibliography and Review of Literature (p. 152-153)

Read this brief passage on the purpose of an annotated bibliography.





Assessment Rubric for Annotated Bibliography


CATEGORY


A


B  


C


D


F

 

Quantity of sources

 

  



 

 

10 pts.




 

Document cites the number of sources outlined in the assignment.



 

Document is either one source under the required number of sources.




 

Document is two to three sources under the required number of sources.



 

Document is four to five sources under the required number of sources.



 

Document is more than five sources under the number of required sources.



 

Quality/

Reliability of Sources

 

 



20 pts.

 

All sources cited can be considered reliable and/or trustworthy.



 

Most sources cited can be considered reliable and/or trustworthy.



 

Some sources can be considered reliable and/or trustworthy.



 

Few sources cited can be considered reliable and/or trustworthy.



 

Little or no reliable and/or trustworthy sources cited.




Variety of Sources

 

20 pts.



Excellent variety of sources; cites more than four types of sources.


Good variety of sources; cites four types of sources.


Adequate variety of sources; cites three types of sources.


Poor variety of sources; cites two types of sources.


No variety of sources; cites only one type of source.




Writing fluency of annotations

25 pts.

All annotations are thoughtful, complete, and well written.


Most annotations are thoughtful, complete, and well written.


Some annotations are well written but some are lacking in completeness, thought, and /or writing quality.


Most annotations are lacking in completeness, thought, and/or writing quality.


All annotations are lacking in completeness, thought, and/or writing quality.



 

APA and

Documentation

 

 



 

 

25 pts.



 

Citations are formatted correctly in the document.



 

There are a few formatting errors in the document’s citations.



 

There are some formatting errors in the document’s citations.



 

There are many and/or frequent formatting errors in the document’s citations.



 

There is little or no adherence to APA format in the document.



Rubrics are subject to minor revisions. Students will be notified of changes.


The database is protected by copyright ©essaydocs.org 2016
send message

    Main page