SCIN 130 AMU Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake Annotated Bibliography

SCIN 130

American Military University


Question Description

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Objective: Assess sources for your research for your final presentation (for credibility, reliability, and relevance) and list references in proper APA format. That means the sources you use for this assignment should be directly related to the species that you chose in Forum 1 of the class. Species in Forum 1 was Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake

Assignment Instructions: The Research Project/Presentation for this class is divided into three major Assignments, 1) annotated bibliography, 2) outline and 3) final presentation. The first part is the annotated bibliography. An annotation is a summary and evaluation, and your annotated bibliography will include a summary and evaluation of some of the sources (or references) you will use for your presentation.

To prepare for this assignment, I recommend that you do the following:

  • Read these directions carefully.
  • Review the sample annotated bibliography provided to you below.
  • Read the grading criteria below. The grading criteria is a detailed evaluation that I will use to assess your performance. It will also help you understand what is expected of you as you prepare your assignment.

The reason the annotated bibliography is included as part of the research project is that writing an annotated bibliography is important in that it provides excellent preparation for the final presentation. One of the issues regarding any type of research, especially in biology, is the credibility of the sources used, particularly those obtained from various websites. By forcing you to evaluate each of your potential sources carefully, the annotated bibliography helps you determine if in fact the source you chose is credible and helps you determine how relevant it is to your topic and understand the topic better which will help you develop your presentation.

For this project, you will assess three sources to include:

1) a complete citation for each source,

2) a summary of each source, and

3) an evaluation of each source.

Three sources are required for this assignment (i.e., you are to write an annotation for each source). However, you must use five or more sources in your final presentation.

Use this TEMPLATE to summarize and evaluate each of your three sources.

  1. Citation:

Written in APA reference list format. For more help with formatting, see APA handout.

  1. Summary:

What is the purpose of the source, review article, original research? What topics are covered? This section is generally 4-6 sentences that summarize the author’s main point. For more help, see this link on paraphrasing sources. (Please note that less than 10% of your annotated bibliography should contain direct quotes. For more help, see this link on paraphrasing sources.)

  1. Evaluation:

After summarizing the article (or research paper or book), it is necessary to evaluate it and state where you found it – its source (e.g., journal, website, etc.). Briefly answer the following questions in 4-6 sentences:

What is the format or type of source (e.g., peer-reviewed journal paper, website, book)? How reliable is the information in the article, and how credible is the source (e.g., website’s sponsoring organization, journal or book publisher) and the author(s)?

For more help, see this handout on evaluating resources.

(Please note that less than 10% of your annotated bibliography should contain direct quotes. For more help, see this link on paraphrasing sources.)

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Background •The scientific name of the snake is Crotalus Atrox . They are known as pit vipers. •It is a species of the reptile in the viperidae family of the animalia kingdom •It is mostly found in South California, Western and central Texas, Arizona, and South of New Mexico (The Animal Facts) •It has an average weight of 6.7 kg and 1.5 meters length , a wide triangular head, and a plump body with a short tail. •Found in logs, open areas, boulders, and grasses especially in mountains, beaches, and deserts •They can either be pale blue , yellowish gray, and pinkish ground color •They can live for up to 20 years , are very aggressive, and excitable explaining why it has the highest records of bites on human in United States (Szalay, J2014). Why The Western Rattlesnake •The high records of bites in the parts where it is found especially Arizona and California (Rauf, 2016). •There is beliefs of how venomous the snake is in California and Arizona making people to fear them a lot. •The Western Rattlesnake has an economic benefit because of eating rodents like mice and rats as well as for sell (Scudder, 2018). References  Rauf, D. (2016). Snakebites are on the rise, and these states are the riskiest. CBS News. Retrieved from  Scudder, C. (2018). Texas rattlesnake battle pits small-town economics against ecological activists. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved from  Szalay, J. (2014). Rattlesnake Facts. Live Science. Retrieved from  The Animal Facts. Western diamondback rattlesnake. Retrieved from ...
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Final Answer


SCIN130 - Introduction to Biology with Lab
Annotated Bibliography

Course Number:
Presentation Topic:

Source #1

(in APA format)



Díaz, G. E. Q., & Márquez, R. A. C. (2017). The Western Diamond-backed
Rattlesnake, Crotalus atrox Baird & Girard, 1853,(Squamata: Viperidae): a new
state record for Aguascalientes, México. Herpetology Notes, 10, 251-253.

According to the authors, the distribution of Crotalus atrox Girad and Baird
1853 extends in vats parts of the southwestern regions of America, such as
southern Nevada, California, south and central Arizona, Texas, New Mexico,
Arkansas and Oklahoma. Mainly, in Mexico, the varieties include the states
of Chihuahua, Baja California Sur, Baja California, Durango, Hidalgo, among
others. The authors also discovered that Crotalus atrox survives in nearly all
the climates ranging from the hot and humid climate to dry environment and
warm and moist climate. Even, it survives in various altitudes from sea level
to 2...

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