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IDS3040 Global Justice - Fall 2017 - McMillen

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Now that you have completed your topic selection, we need to begin reading the conversation in the academic and professional literature surrounding your selected topic.  This week, you will be completing an annotated bibliography of a minimum of five (5) published, credible, peer reviewed sources. To begin, read the following material on what makes an annotated bibliography here. The purpose of an annotated bibliography is to begin a conversation with yourself as you dive into the literature.  In this conversation, you are reflecting on the quality and quantity of information you have collected during the research process.  NOTE:  While this assignment only requires five (5) annotations, you will need more research over the term to complete the full research project.

An annotation is a summary and/or evaluation. Therefore, an annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources. Depending on your project or the assignment, your annotations may do one or more of the following.

  • Summarize: Some annotations merely summarize the source. What are the main arguments? What is the point of this book or article? What topics are covered? If someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say? The length of your annotations will determine how detailed your summary is.
  • Assess: After summarizing a source, it may be helpful to evaluate it. Is it a useful source? How does it compare with other sources in your bibliography? Is the information reliable? Is this source biased or objective? What is the goal of this source?
  • Reflect: Once you've summarized and assessed a source, you need to ask how it fits into your research. Was this source helpful to you? How does it help you shape your argument? How can you use this source in your research project? Has it changed how you think about your topic?

As you prepare the annotation, be sure to follow APA format for the document.  Please be sure to divide each annotation into three paragraphs, where the first paragraph summarizes, the second paragraph assesses, and the third paragraph reflects.  This means each annotation will be a citation followed by three paragraphs.

For an example annotation, see the one created here. Note:  This annotation is only two paragraphs.  This assignment has you split the annotation into THREE paragraphs (one for reach part of a good annotation).