Objective: Conduct secondary research on your proposed research question, repres


Objective: Conduct secondary research on your proposed research question, representing a variety of source types and perspectives in your research. Formally document your secondary research sources and evaluate each in a written annotation.
An Annotated Bibliography is a collection of secondary research relevant to shape an argument on your proposed research question, with notes summarizing, evaluating, and reflecting on each source. The annotated bibliography is meant to be a useful tool as you gather information and navigate the perspectives of others on your research topic. And you should treat it as such—noting and exploring those ideas within each source that you find most useful. All sources cited in Writing Task #4: Argument Essay should be included in the Annotated Bibliography.
For this assignment, you will read and compose bibliographic entries and annotations, to be submitted in two parts, for a total of eight (8) credible sources. These should be sources relevant to your research and should include not only information but also multiple perspectives and opinions related to your research question. You should not be researching only those perspectives with which you agree; you should instead be considering alternate or even contradictory perspectives as well. If your argument cannot be challenged by research, then it is not much of an argument.
Drafting your Annotated Bibliography
Collecting Your Sources
The Annotated Bibliography will be composed and submitted in two parts for a total of eight (8) sources using the following guidelines:
Part 1 (due in Module 3): This first attempt at the annotated bibliography should record sources that helped you establish your research question(s) and will be used to give you feedback on how to accurately, correctly, and effectively document and annotate your sources. Submit an annotated bibliography of at least two (2) sources that represent two opposing positions on your research topic. These sources should be credible and should all be found using resources and databases from the Ivy Tech Library website. Some useful genres for Ivy Tech Library sources include newspaper or magazine editorials, book chapters, academic journal articles, statistical reports, court rulings, or political speeches. The two sources you document and annotate for Part 1 may be two of the four sources you found for Writing Task #1: Research Proposal, so long as they meet the criteria above. (Note: you may choose document and annotate all four sources found for your research proposal, which you will eventually need to do anyway for Part 2.)
Part 2 (due in Module 5): The final version of the Annotated Bibliography should focus on building a scholarly base for your research, on filling gaps in your knowledge, and discovering additional evidence to prove your arguments. Consider what additional perspectives, information, and evidence your need to fully answer your research question, pose a thesis statement, and shape arguments to support that thesis statement in the Argument Essay. What else do you still need to know? What more do you need to convince your readers? Revise the two (2) entries from Part 1, as needed, and add six (6) additional sources for a total of eight (8) annotated bibliography entries. Four of these entries can include the sources you collected and used in Writing Task #1: Research Proposal. At least four (4) sources must come from the resources and databases available through the Ivy Tech Library website, and at least two (2) must be from peer reviewed journals. Please avoid using sources from encyclopedic or reference resources, CQ Researcher, and Opposing Viewpoints in Context databases (other than the two found for your research proposal). Others may come from the open web, so long as they are credible. Some useful genres for open web sources include films; TedTalks; newspaper or magazine articles; public polling data from polling organizations like Pew Research, fiction/poetry/song lyrics; editorial cartoons; academic journal articles; book chapters; essays; government, advocacy, or research institution websites; court rulings; or speeches.
Writing Source Citations and Annotations
Each annotated bibliography entry should be roughly 150-200 words in length and should include the following:
An MLA or APA style source citation (as indicated by your instructor) which offers information about the author, title, publication, date, and location of the source. In the course textbook, see Part 15: MLA Documentation or Part 16: APA Documentation, as indicated by your instructor, for help on documenting your sources.
A summary of the argument/main idea of the source along with major details that are most relevant to your research question.
Evaluation of the credibility of the source, taking into account timeliness of the source, the validity and reliability of the information it contains, the credibility of the author and publication, and/or any limitations or bias expressed in the source. Here you should also include a few words about the sources’ potential usefulness to your research.
Other tips—The first sentence of your annotation should include the author’s main argument (thesis), statement of purpose and intended audience. Do not include your own opinion or reactions to the source here, but do be sure to use your own words. Use 3rd person point of view and, in most cases, present verb tense. Quote the author very sparingly, if at all. Cut any unnecessary words or details. Include transition phrases and attributive tags where relevant, and avoid short choppy sentences. Proofread carefully for grammar and style.
Organizing your Annotated Bibliography
Part 8: Annotated Bibliographies, in our course textbook, and samples provided in Module 3 provide guidance for composing your annotated bibliographies.
Assignment Submission
The Annotated Bibliography will be submitted in two parts:
Part 1 should be submitted to the assignment page provided in Module 3.
Part 2 should be submitted to the assignment page provided in Module 5.
Annotated Bibliography Specifics
APA or MLA style formatting (as indicated by your instructor), including title, running heads, page numbers where appropriate, using size 12 point Times New Roman or similar font.
APA or MLA style source citation of each source, doublespaced and formatted with a hanging indent.
Source citations placed in alphabetical order.
Each annotation entry should be approximately 150-200 words in length, and follow the source citation to which it corresponds.
Each annotation should include a comprehensive summary of each source, including main argument and supporting points; evaluation of the source’s credibility, limitations, potential biases; and a discussion of the source’s usefulness in your research.


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