Begin by taking a look at this document. It gives the instructions for your Formal Proposal and preliminary annotated Bibliography, which is your next major checkpoint in this process (Due by April 1). You will create this as a digital document, and then submit it both on paper and using the ManageBac System.
Do not begin creating this document now. You must first begin
Only after you have done some serious research into your topic will you be ready to develop a formal proposal.
Next, take a look at Purdue's OWL description of an annotated bibliography. Notice that the annotated bibliography contains 2 parts.
- Part 1: The bibliographic entry, listed in a conventional citation format (such as APA or MLA).
- Part 2: The annotation (150-300 words), which gives a brief overview and assessment of the material from the source that you have found. This annotation should contain at least:
- A brief objective summary of the work.
- An evaluation of the source, its limitations and strengths.
- A reflection upon its usefulness in your research. How does it fit? What does it add? What does it change in your thinking?
Purdue also has this example for you to look at.
Now, I'd like for you to begin your research into your topic. You already have a broad idea of its direction, which should give you a good place to start your reading. You might start with Internet searches, but you should move quickly toward more reputable sources, including books, periodicals, and scholarly journals.
Here are some of the resources available through our LMC (if you need a password, you can find them here):
Remember that once you FIND a promising source, the next (and perhaps most important) step is
READ THE SOURCE.
- Take notes as appropriate, including direct quotes that may be pertinent and summary elsewhere.
- Include page numbers in your notes.
- Create an appropriate Works Cited reference. Compose your Annotated Bibliography using your notes.