Do more thorough research in advance of writing a paper than what you are maybe accustomed to. As such, the writing requirements of a traditional paper are less important to me than the actual research, your critical assessment of resources, and learning more about your topic. Make sure to review the details of this assignment as you are working on it to make sure you thoroughly address all the requirements.
Annotated Bibliography Reminders
A quick reminder from our earlier research assignment – the guidelines for an MLA annotated bibliography can be viewed at Purdue’s Online Writing Laboratory, or Purdue OWL for short. Link is provided below.
The three categories you will assess for each of your resources is called SAR (Summarize, Assess, Reflect). The Summary should show that you have read enough of the resource to describe in general terms what it is exploring (even if it goes over your head a bit). The Assess portion has nothing to do with your topic, and is a critical assessment of the reliability of the resource, with details to support why or why not it is academically sound. Even if the resource is found to be not reliable, you can include it in your annotated bibliography – the goal here is that you are being critical of the resources you encounter, not that you have to find only perfect sources! Finally, the Reflect portion is topic-driven and explores how relevant to your chosen interest the resource is. Would you use it if you had to write a paper on the topic? Why or why not? Is there a specific point in the topic that this resource addresses that other resources didn’t, etc.
Purdue OWL Annotated Bibliography Description (Links to an external site.)
Title: Lead the paper with a compelling title that clearly indicates at least two of the goals of your research.
Paper: Write a brief, but detailed essay that includes the following:
1) What you hoped to learn through the research and why you chose the topic.
2) What was different about the Summarize, Assess, Reflect process than how you normally do research. What would you do the again? What would you change?
3) What were the most useful or interesting things you learned about your topic? You must include specific resources and in-text citations from at least two of your resources from your Annotated Bibliography.
You need to locate a total of 20 sources (you may use any, or all of the 5, of the resources you previously annotated this semester) and apply the SAR process to each of them. If you write 3-5 sentences for each step of SAR for each resource, you will most likely end up with a document that is between 12-16 pages in length.
Please adhere to the following guidelines for where you find sources:
10 sources should come from academic article reserves like JSTOR or EBSCO Host through the CCC Library.
5 sources can be from non-academic sources (excluding wikipedia) such as industry-specific periodicals and websites.
5 sources should be in a multimedia format, including videos, audio interviews, etc.
Remember – the goal is not to find 20 perfect resources. You are simply scouring the web for the types of sources that you think will be relevant to your topic, and then being critical of them through the SAR process. At the end of this, you might find that only 3-4 of your found sources would be reliable and relevant to your topic, and the others just don’t make it. That’s OK, and is the point of doing an exercise in research like this. You will hopefully learn that following this type of critical research approach in the future helps you find truly worthwhile sources that you can use to shape your argument for your topic.