Select an issue or problem that you wish to investigate critically. Include your introduction that explains the context of the issue. From this introduction, formulate a question or thesis (Links to an external site.) on the issue so that your research has a clear and cogent direction.
Use Paul and Elder’s (2012) intellectual standards to find a topic or problem that is clear, relevant, significant, and precise.
Now, construct an annotated bibliography (Links to an external site.) that addresses the problem or issue through scholarly sources. See this page (Links to an external site.) for a good overview of how an annotated bibliography should be constructed and for an annotated bibliography example.
Your annotated bibliography should include the following:
Title page: include your name, date, title of annotated bibliography, and class
Introduction (Links to an external site.): provide a two-paragraph introduction that frames the issue or problem carefully
Annotations (Links to an external site.): Summarize the main point or arguments of each scholarly source. What are the main arguments? What is the point of this book or article? What topics are covered? If someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say? After summarizing a source, it may be helpful to evaluate it. Is it a useful source? How does it compare with other sources in your bibliography? Is the information reliable? Is this source biased or objective? What is the goal of this source? Each annotation should be roughly one or two paragraphs in length.
Conclusion (Links to an external site.): Provide a few paragraphs to conclude your annotated bibliography. Reflect on your issue or problem and how the sources informed your thinking. What have you learned? How can you apply the intellectual standards to your subject to think clearly? What assumptions did you take into the project—how were these assumptions challenged?
Your annotated bibliography should include a minimum of 10 scholarly sources that are not required or recommended readings for this course. The CSU-Global Library (Links to an external site.) is a good place to find these sources.
You may write in the first person for the Final Portfolio.
Your paper should be 7-8 pages in length and formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing & APA (Links to an external site.).
Refer to the Revision Checklist (Links to an external site.) for an overview of items to consider as you add final polish to your draft.