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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Q110 Term project- Annotated Bibliography

I. Project Description:
The Q110 term project is an annotated bibliography that synthesizes the knowledge that students have learned in Q110 during weekly homework assignments and reflects the students’ abilities to successfully integrate information into a final product. The annotated bibliography must contain at least 10 citations from various sources, including those from traditional publishing routes, such as books, reference books, and journal articles; and those from non-traditional publishing routes, such as: websites, government publications, statistics, etc. The project requires three major components: the introduction, the citations, and the corresponding annotations. The term project must be typed, well-organized and properly formatted.
II. Project Requirements:
Introduction (75 points)
The Introduction to the Q110 annotated bibliography included a detailed discussion of topic selection and search strategy. 
In your introduction, briefly summarize the topic you selected and give reasons why this is an appropriate academic topic, and why it is of interest to you.  Include a clear formulation of the research question or hypothesis you addressed.   If you found it necessary to narrow or broaden your topic, explain the process.
Discuss your search strategy.  Discuss the vocabulary and search terms you used.  Explain how you selected these terms and how you determined which were the most effective.  Include terms that you tried, but were ineffective. Include the Boolean search strings you used.  Explain how you modified the search strings throughout the search process based on the results you obtained.  If you found it necessary to narrow or broaden your search explain the process.
Specifically name the databases you searched for information, and why you selected them.  Ebscohost is a collection of databases; be specific about which databases within Ebsco were used.  If there were databases you tried and did not find useful, mention that as well. Also discuss limiters you tried or any other database features you found particularly helpful or problems you encountered.
Specific the citation format you are using at the end of the Introduction (e.g., APA or MLA).
The introduction to the annotated bibliography should be one to two pages long.
Citations and annotations (180 points)
A total of ten resources are required for the Q110 annotated bibliography. Seven of the ten sources are set by format, and must come from the listing of source format types from “traditional publishing routes” below.
Other Sources - Three additional sources need to be selected by the student (with justification) from “non-standard publishing routes” or “online resources.” These may include government publications, company websites, professional organization websites, non-profit organization websites, statistical tables, newspaper or magazine articles, etc.
List of required sources (by format):
Type of Sources
Minimum number of citations
Encyclopedia articles or other reference books
Academic journal articles
Other Sources*

*These may include government publications, company websites, professional organization websites, non-profit organization websites, statistical tables, newspaper or magazine articles, etc.                                       
                                    TOTAL SOURCES: 10
All sources must be cited in correct APA or MLA citation format
Clarity (45 points)
The citations and annotations should be clearly labeled and organized by type:  Reference Source, Books, Journal Articles, Other Sources and the citations listed alphabetically within those sections. Writing style should be objective and academic. Grammar, spelling, and syntax should be error-free.
TOTAL points: 300

Source selection notes
Reference source:  Do not select a source from a general encyclopedia such as World Book or Britannica.  The reference source needs to be selected from the print or online reference resources of the Schurz Library.
Books:  Books should be appropriate for academic research, not popular works.  A book which addresses the specific topic in only a chapter or section is acceptable.
Academic Journal Articles:  Must come from peer-reviewed scholarly journals
Other Sources: These sources should be selected because they are uniquely suited to your project, and provide information that cannot be obtained elsewhere.  Academic journal articles that are on the internet do not qualify.
The annotation should be written in paragraph form and immediately follow the bibliographic citation. The annotations should have two parts:
1)      How did you find this source? – Include the database you searched, and the search string and limiters you used. This can be a single sentence.
2)      Why is this source an excellent source for your topic? - Annotations must justify why a research source was included in the bibliography and evaluate the source using standard criteria such as Currency, Relevance, Accuracy, Authority and Purpose.  What particular aspects about a source make it useful or better than others?  How would the resource in question be helpful to you in your research? How would this source help you to write a paper – would it be useful in a particular argument? – does it provide you with an overview or broad understanding of your topic? – does it highlight a specific issue related to your topic?
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Good annotation examples

I found this source by using the IUCAT online library catalog and it was available in the reference section of the IUSB library. I was a little skeptical about encyclopedia articles but this encyclopedia had a series of case studies that proved very useful. The article was about a gifted education program that was being used in a New York school district and discussed both the positive and negative aspects of including gifted programs in a school’s curriculum as well as results of testing of the students involved. I included this case study because it gets away from the common educational theme of only improving test scores for low performing students. The encyclopedia also did a good job of listing references and testing methods and I was able to use them to find links to other sources.
This article was obtained from a newspaper, the Christian Science Monitor.  I located it by conducting a search in Academic Search Premier using the search string ‘sexting and (teens or teenagers) and (consequences or punishment)’.  This article is current, as it was published on December 
16, 2009 in a very reputable source, the Christian Science Monitor, which has been in publication for over 100 years and has received a number of Pulitzer Prizes.  The article is also very relevant as it addressed a lot of the reasons that teens participate in sexting.  These included being pressured, a need to share, and social or emotional approval.  I would consider this a popular article geared towards an informed general audience.
This book takes a look at marginalized science students. It has a lot of interesting information on student test scores based on areas such as sex, race, and religion. Most of the information that I’ve gone through has been aimed at different ways of improving math and science from the view of overall school test scores. This book discusses ways of targeting specific lower performing groups and designing lesson plans that will help them, while blending the lessons in such a way that the entire class benefits. Many of the articles I have read propose changes that sound so boring it is difficult to believe they would be effective, but this book puts some excitement into the lesson plans so it was very useful for my term paper. I found this book using the IUCAT online library catalog using the search terms “science and math and education reform”.

Example of an MLA citation with annotation
Negroponte, Nicholas. Being Digital. New York: Knopf, 1995. Print.
I found this book by searching by author in IUCAT (the author was mentioned in the article by James Martin included below). This book provides the most up-to-date overview available at that time of the politics and social issues involved in digital communication. It is comprehensive but not too technical in its coverage. One chapter discussed delivering multimedia by fiber optics. Negroponte is a well-respected author on technology and society, and this book is considered a classic in the field.  Even though there are more modern trends that I discuss elsewhere in the project, this book provides a historical foundation of issues and contributes to a theoretical understanding of the digital society.
More examples are available in Resources - the Term Project Examples folder has term projects in MLA and APA format that received “A” grades. The Q110 annotation examples document lists more good annotation examples.

Q110 Annotated Bibliography Term Project Evaluation Rubric
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