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Social Sciences
Annotated Bibliography 

Objectives:
o Locate academic sources in the social sciences o Evaluate academic sources o Summarize and critique academic sources o Review and practice APA style and documentation

Introduction: An annotated bibliography provides a list of sources on a common topic. The annotations verify a sources relevance, accuracy, and overall use as a research tool. 

The annotated bibliography contains three parts: (1) the citation, (2) the summary, and (3) the critique of the source.

Think of an annotated bibliography as a reference page with added notes. This means the sources on the annotated bibliography should be alphabetized. Below each citation entry, summarize and critique the source. The summary objectively presents the works main points, and the critique evaluates its use, its limitations, and its credibility. Structurally, the summary and critique are sometimes integrated into a single paragraph.

Assignment:

For this assignment you will create an annotated bibliography of two academic journal articles centered on your course theme. These sources must all be from the social sciences, so be sure to use the proper research methods and tools. These should also be full articles (no pay-to view business, please, as I will need to be able to review your sources), and they should have publishing dates within the past five years. 

Most likely you will need to use the librarys e-database to make sure you find credible, peer-reviewed sources from academic journals. The key is to assess the journal in which they are published; for example, if its from the Journal of Sociology, then its from the social sciences; however, if its from the Journal of Biology, its from the natural sciences. Think back to the first assignment and the characteristics for each discipline. That should help you determine the difference between social and natural sciences. 

The annotated bibliography (AB) will focus on the social sciences, so please use APA style. When annotating sources, consider the authors expertise on the topic, the currency of the article,
use of illustrations (such as charts), and how effectively the source highlights the research theme
.  Requirements:

o Locate 2 academic online journal articles from the social sciencesno print books or journals, please, as I must have access to annotated sources; you also do not have adequate time to read entire books for annotation. Sources should also be recent, nothing dated beyond 5 years ago. 

o Compose 7th edition APA citations preceding each annotation o Write a short paragraph (75-100 words) that summarizes the article in your own words (do not include your own analysis/opinion here), and a short paragraph that assesses (or critiques) the article. Here, you will briefly evaluate the quality of the article as a research tool. Please address the purpose of the journal article, its sampling method, its findings, and its problems and limitations. Essentially, what are its strengths and weaknesses? 

o Use APA style/documentationincluding a cover sheet and running header. After the cover sheet, begin the annotated bibliography (you do not need to write an abstract for this assignment).

o Use Times New Roman, 12-point font and double-spacing
o Use academic third person (no first person I or second person you, please)
o Please be careful not to plagiarize, especially when providing article summaries. Paraphrasing is not just using synonyms to replace words. 

Note: All sources should be listed in a single document; please do not place each annotation on separate pages and/or in separate files. 

Please use the provided APA style guide and/or use the OWL at Purdue APA search to format your

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