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ENGWR 300 (Hanson)

ENGWR 300 (Hanson)


Writing Assignment #4 Career Path - Annotated Bibliography

The place to begin research is with “research.”  In other words, we don’t first write our essay and then go hunting for “quotes” to support what we have already said – the research itself needs to drive what is included in the essay.   We have, therefore, devised this assignment to follow some logical steps:

  1. Think of your chosen career path – if you don’t have one, choose one to research.
  2. We’ll brainstorm in class—and come up with a list of criteria that you will need to look at.
  3. Your “task” will ultimately be to decide whether or not this is the right career choice for you, but you’ll need to look at many different factors. And as Tannen says, you’ll need to look at ALL sides of the issue:  Living in El Paso, TX, might be worth the sacrifice for earning a six figure salary. Write your list of criteria here as we put them on the board with your help.
  4. Begin reading. Keeping the above criteria in mind, find resources about the different elements you need to consider. Your research should include a variety of resources from academic journals to U.S. job statistics, education, etc. Make sure you have at least 5 criteria in your list.
  5. Using the directory on pages 131-132 of your textbook, cite these sources in alphabetical order and according to the format laid out in your handbook.
  6. Next read the handout about annotated bibliographies and add a brief summary for each entry – always keeping in mind the correct format for your entries.
  7. Bring a draft (at least 5 entries) to class on the assigned dates—see the syllabus—for one on one feedback.
  8. Take a look at the grading checklist to see how we will be evaluating your annotated bibliography.
  9. Continue working on your reading and annotated bibliography and turn it in in hard copy on the due date—see the syllabus.  Your final assignment should have 10 entries with annotations.

Tips on Searching for Sources Using OneSearch (SCC Library Website)

  • Based on your keywords, OneSearch will scan all of the Los Rios Libraries' resources, including books, ebooks, and articles from all of our individual databases.
  • Use "quotation marks" to keep your keywords side-by-side as an exact phrase, for example, "career choices"
  • Use the *asterisk as a wild card to give you the same stem with any ending, for example, therap* will give you the words therapy, therapies, therapist, therapeutic and any other word that has the root therap.
  • Use (parentheses) to nest, or combine similar keywords with the connectors OR, AND, NOT, for example, (career* or employment* or job*)
  • An example would be: (career* or employment*) and therap*