Over the last two weeks, you have cultivated your critical thinking skills by analyzing and summarizing
published works. You are one week away from submitting the rough draft of your Researched Argument
paper. Hopefully you have all your sources lined up (remember, you need four sources for the
Researched Argument paper). This week, you will create an annotated bibliography, which is a way to
evalaute your sources and to keep track of which sources provide support for various aspects of your
Let's talk a little bit more about your thesis, or argument, for this paper. As you read more about
presenting an argument in the Writing Guide, pay attention to how you are building support for your
thesis. Read with care the section on inductive reasoning, and the types of argumentation (ethos, logos,
pathos, and kairos) that you might use to persuade your reader. You will see that much of the
foundation for presenting an argument lies in philosophy - does this surprise you? After all, writing is an
extension of your thinking. If this week's readings are a bit overwhelming, remember that you can post
questions to the "Ask the Instructor" forum at any time.
The material we will cover this week pertains to the following course learning objectives:
Cultivate research skills by searching online databases/libraries.
Determine reliability of published works.
Apply analytical thinking skills to evaluate a published work.
Summarize a published work.
Adhere to APA style guide standards in written workIn an annotated bibliography, you follow
each of your reference citations with a brief (100 words or less) qualification of the author
(including their relevance to the subject); intended audience; how the source
compares/contrasts with your other sources; how this source furthers the discussion of the
This week's assignment will be included in your rough draft (due in week 6).
For this exercise, find sources that are relevant to your researched argument paper. You must have five
or more annotations in your bibliography. The sources must be scholarly sources. These types of sources
(also identified as academic or peer-reviewed sources) are written by recognized experts in a particular
field. These sources provide credible information for use in research papers.
prepare your annotations as you read your sources. Use these questions as a guide for your
Who is/are the author(s) and their relevance to the subject
Who is the intended audience; who is the author writing to (general public, researchers,
How this source relates or contrasts to at least one of our other sources
How this source helps to further your discussion of the topic
Checklist for Annotated Bibliography:
Does this bibliography meet the assignment criteria?
How does the formatting of this assignment look? Does it follow basic APA guidelines for
a Reference page? (e.g. Times New Roman font, double-spaced, no extra spacing
between paragraphs, first line of the citation flush left with all following lines indented,
Are the annotations brief, clear, and informative? Do they avoid personal opinion? Do
they act as a reference guide?
If you came upon this in your research, how useful would you find this bibliography to
Does this bibliography contain at least five citations?
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