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1 Unit Capstone (Research Option) Preparing an Annotated Bibliography & Paper Outline

2 Unit Summary Critically reviewed and analyzed your research results Determined which sources are key to your report and argument Annotated sources for your annotated bibliography Next week, you will finalize and submit your annotated bibliography. You will also write and submit your research paper outline.

3 Annotated Bibliography ● List of citations to your sources. Each citation has a brief description and evaluation informing the read of the relevance and accuracy and quality of the sources cited. Source: Owl at Purdue

4 Example: Waite, L. J., Goldschneider, F. K., & Witsberger, C. (1986). Nonfamily living and the erosion of traditional family orientations among young adults. American Sociological Review, 51 (4), 541-554. The authors, researchers at the Rand Corporation and Brown University, use data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of young women and young mento test their hypothesis that nonfamily living by young adults alters their attitudes, values, plans, and expectations, moving them away from their belief in traditional sex roles. They find their hypothesis strongly supported in young females, while the effects were fewer in studies of young males. Increasing the time away from parents before marrying increased individualism, self-sufficiency, and changes in attitudes about families. In contrast, an earlier study by Williams cited below shows no significant gender differences in sex role attitudes as a result of nonfamily living. Source:

5 Another Example of Annotated Bibliography Ehrenreich, B. (2001). Nickel and dimed: On (not) getting by in America. New York: Henry Holt and Company. In this book of nonfiction based on the journalist's experiential research, Ehrenreich attempts to ascertain whether it is currently possible for an individual to live on a minimum-wage in America. Taking jobs as a waitress, a maid in a cleaning service, and a Wal-Mart sales employee, the author summarizes and reflects on her work, her relationships with fellow workers, and her financial struggles in each situation. An experienced journalist, Ehrenreich is aware of the limitations of her experiment and the ethical implications of her experiential research tactics and reflects on these issues in the text. The author is forthcoming about her methods and supplements her experiences with scholarly research on her places of employment, the economy, and the rising cost of living in America. Ehrenreich’s project is timely, descriptive, and well-researched.

6 Help for you… How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography Provides explanations and preparation advice. Includes a sample entry for a journal article. Annotated Bibliography Example - Purdue OWL The length of your annotation will depend on the assignment or on the purpose of your annotated bibliography....

7 What is an annotated bibliography? An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.

8 LOCATING SOURCES If you are having trouble finding sources, try the Kaplan library Here are some sources that may help: Cornell Legal Institute, George Washington, Georgetown Law Library, local law libraries, public policy organizations, Lexis, Kaplan library, federal government websites, and here is an exhaustive list of legal websites: - Worldwide Legal Directory (This link has been saved under Webliography) Try the search engine, Google Scholar. Resources cannot include Wikipedia or similar (, These are not scholarly sites nor legal in nature.

9 Writing Center ● Highly recommend using the Writing Center! ● To get to the Writing Center, log in to KU Campus and look on the right side of your screen. Go to: � Academic Support � in bold blue letters to the right. Underneath � Academic Support � click on the link to the Writing Center. The Writing Center provides:  Live tutoring  Question and Answer  Reference Library Help  Free Paper Review

10 Preparing an Outline By now, you should have an idea of how your paper will flow – so time to put it on paper Your Outline will be a Blueprint or Roadmap of how your paper will be organized

11 Preparing an Outline Figure out the most logical flow of information and the best order for the information to be in. There is always more than one way to do this, so figure out what you like best.

12 Preparing an Outline Put your subtopics with the key points that support them, in words or short phrases, into a list or diagram that shows how they will flow from beginning to end.

13 Recap Prepare your Annotated Bibliography and look ahead to what is coming. Next week you will begin the outline of your paper, so you’ll need to have your sources. You’ll want to be in good shape to begin your outline! ?

14 So What’s Next…. You will compose a research paper outline that will be the basis for your entire paper. To begin developing your outline, consider the key points that caught your attention as you were researching the topic. ◦ What main ideas or themes arose as you reviewed the sources? ◦ Take those big ideas and see if you can organize them into a cohesive structure that supports your project thesis. There are additionally sources on the Course page to provide assistance. You will also be turning in your annotated bibliography

15 Questions? Come to my office hours or send me an email.

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