Introduction, Thesis Statement, and Annotated Bibliography
Prepare: To help with the preparation of your annotated bibliography, review the following
tutorials and resources from the Ashford Writing Center:
Introductions & Conclusions
Annotated Bibliography Tutorial
Reflect: Reflect back on the Week 1 discussion in which you shared with the class the global
societal issue that you would like to further address. Explore critical insights that were shared by
your peers and/or your instructor on the topic chosen and begin your search for scholarly sources
with those insights in mind.
Write: For this assignment, review the Annotated Bibliography Formatting Guidelines and
address the following prompts:
Introductory paragraph to topic (refer to the Final Paper guidelines for your topic
o Write an introductory paragraph with at least 150 words that clearly explains the
topic, the importance of further research, and ethical implications.
o Write a direct and concise thesis statement, which will become the solution to the
problem that you will argue or prove in the Week 5 Final Paper. (A thesis
statement should be a concise, declarative statement. The thesis statement must
appear at the end of the introductory paragraph.)
o Develop an annotated bibliography to indicate the quality of the sources you have
o Summarize in your own words how the source contributes to the solution of the
global societal issue for each annotation.
o Address fully the purpose, content, evidence, and relation to other sources you
found on this topic (your annotation should be one to two paragraphs long—150
words or more.
o Include no less than five scholarly sources in the annotated bibliography that will
be used to support the major points of the Final Paper.
o Demonstrate critical thinking skills by accurately interpreting evidence used to
support various positions of the topic.
The Introduction, Thesis Statement, and Annotated Bibliography
Must be 1,000 to 1,250 words in length (not including title and references pages) and
formatted according to APA style.
Must include a separate title page with the following:
o Title of paper
o Student’s name
o Course name and number
o Instructor’s name
o Date submitted
Must utilize academic voice.
Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph
needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
Must use at least five scholarly sources.
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