In this assignment you will begin your research on your final paper. To start, you will want to read over the research paper assignment and pick one of the topics. If you decide after you have written the annotated bibliography that you want to switch topics, that’s fine. However, changing topics will require more work.
An annotated bibliography is a list of citations of books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief description and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.
The purpose of this assignment is for you to demonstrate your understanding of using appropriate research tools for a specific research purpose. Further, you will demonstrate your ability to select appropriate resources and to evaluate them for relevance, quality, and accuracy.
On the first page, you will write an introduction that you could use for your research paper. At the end of this section, you will give your working thesis. This is just a rough introduction that you can change later.
After your introduction, you will begin your annotated bibliography. Your annotated bibliography must contain the following four resources. Your sources need to be recent (within the last five years). Each annotation should be approximately a half a page in length. You will need:
• One book or relevant chapter (print or ebook)
• One scholarly journal found in the library data base.
• One magazine or newspaper found in a library database.
• One credible website.
Please use headings and label each annotation. For example: book, scholarly journal, etc.
• A bibliographic entry in MLA format
• A brief description of the content of the source (about a third to a half a page)
• Two to three sentences evaluating the quality of the source or author
• Two to three sentences describing precisely how you located the source (such as what data base you used)
Remember that the assignment needs to be done using MLA formatting.
Notes on formatting:
--Abbreviations, capitalization, and punctuation
Please keep to page limit of 4-5 pages.
In this essay you will explore a controversial issue by researching and analyzing various points of view. You should provide a balanced and fair overview of the different perspectives. Your thesis will take a clear stand on an issue. However, you should not try to come up with a thesis until after you have done your research. Go into the process with as open a mind as possible; your aim is to find out what the controversy is all about. After you have researched your topic, you will want to write a working thesis, which you will refine in later drafts.
Pick one of the following topics.
Note: Please avoid bringing in religion to support or argue a point. If you have any questions about what is acceptable to use in your paper, please feel free to talk with me.
Successful essays will have six to eight different sources that you cite in your paper. Every source that you mention in your paper must be cited in your works cited at the end. (Your works cited needs also to have six to eight different sources.) Your sources should be recent (within the last five years).
Your sources can come from the following places:
• Internet sources (no more than one)
• Interviews (no more than one)
• Journal articles
• Magazine articles
• Newspaper articles
• Encyclopedias (no more than one)
• Rereading America (no more than one)
Note: for this assignment you don't have to use the same sources as you did for your annotated bibliography. If you want to use three journal articles, for example, that's fine.
The audience is your classmates. Because your readers may be only marginally familiar with your issue or problem, you may need to orient them to it and familiarize them with the concepts and terminology relevant to the discussion.