Instructions for Annotated Bibliography
For your project, you need to develop content-area understanding of your case study or the context of your environmental organization during your service learning assignment.An annotated bibliography is a step in the research process just prior to a formal review of the literature: doing annotated bibliographies allows you to understand the range of types of research questions being asked about the issue, and allows you to get a sense of the findings of that research.
You are required to build an annotated bibliography of 30 sources. At least 20 of these sources need to come from peer review literature: the articles published in academic journals.Other kinds of sources include government documents (called white papers or grey literature: these are not all the time peer reviewed, but they are completed in a rigorous way by people trained in that field of study). You are not to use news sites, websites or videos when amassing your annotated bibliography.
Review the procedures on how to compose an annotated bibliography at the following website:
Next, head off to your library, or to your own laptops, to search databases. I often use google scholar to search for peer review work, but our college library has a number of databases that are useful depending on your topic.
At the top of your page, be sure to clearly identify your case study or organization context you are researching, and list the search terms you used in each of the databases you used (if you use more than one database, list each).
Be sure to adhere to the citation guidelines found on the POLS website: http://polisci.cofc.edu/pv_obj_cache/pv_obj_id_97D91B0FACF28A19155AD7243E3E3E86B2380100/filename/polscitation.pdf
MY Case Study is Pollution in the Chesapeake Bay
A:Student professionally presented their annotated work, organizing it logically (developing topics and alphabetizing within each topic), used mostly peer review sources, and chose entries that relate directly to their stated topic. Student annotation is not just cut-and-paste from abstracts, but put into the student’s own words.
B: Student professionally presented their annotated work, used mostly peer review sources, and mostly chose entries that clearly relate to their stated topic. Most of the annotations are phrased in the student’s own words.
C: Student completed the assignment, many of the entries come from peer review sources, and some of these entries will clearly relate to their stated topic. Student used a limited number of databases and search terms to explore the topic.
D:Student handed in the assignment but it was incomplete, the student cut-and-pasted the annotations directly from the abstracts of journal articles, and did not list the databases and search terms they explored. Many of the entries were only tangentially related to their case study or environmental organization.