Your Final Project for this course is due in Module 7, for more information about the scope of this project, see the Final Projectdirections. In advance of that submission, you will submit an outline and annotated bibliography so your instructor can be sure you understand how to properly use primary and secondary sources for evidence, and how to organize and format a research paper.
This activity addresses the following outcomes:
Write an outline and an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources to be used as evidence in the Final Paper (CO#7/History Program Outcome 1).
By the end of Module 5 you will submit one document with two parts: an outline and an annotated bibliography of your sources for your final project. Read the instructions below carefully for more information.
1) Outline: Your outline should be detailed enough to show the development of your topic, including bullets for the introduction, supporting points for at least four body paragraphs of the paper, and your conclusion. Your proposed thesis statement should appear under the introduction heading. Your outline should be approximately ½ to 1 page long in outline format with headings and subheadings organized by body paragraphs that build on your thesis statement. It should not be written in paragraph format. For information on how to create an effective outline see the resources below:
Resources for outlines:
Excelsior Online Writing Lab (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (OWL)
Purdue Online Writing Lab (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., (OWL)
Creating an Outline for a Research Paper (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Video File, 6:26 mins]
2) Annotated Bibliography: Then, in the same document as your outline, you should assemble an annotated bibliography.
Your annotated bibliography should include 4–6 sources, including at least 2 primary sources. These sources may include materials used in the course or in previous module papers.
For any outside sources, you can find scholarly secondary sources from the Excelsior College Library (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. or a primary source from the Excelsior College Library (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. or from this list of pre-approved primary source websites in US History (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. You should NOT use non-scholarly websites such as Wikipedia. If you have questions about finding appropriate sources, please contact your instructor.
For each source, you should write a one to two paragraph (200–250 word) annotation entirely in your own words summarizing the source’s content, evaluating it for credibility and usefulness in your paper, and comparing it with your other sources.
Unlike a traditional bibliography, an annotated bibliography explores the sources rather than merely referencing them. According to the staff of Cornell Library (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., an annotated bibliography should begin first with a proper citation, then: “a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the book or article. Include one or more sentences that (a) evaluate the authority or background of the author, (b) comment on the intended audience, (c) compare or contrast this work with another you have cited, or (d) explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic.” This should be done for each of your sources.
The Annotated Bibliography should be formatted using either APA (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. or Chicago/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Turabian style. See below for information on finding sources and writing the Annotated Bibliography.
Resources for finding sources:
Use the Excelsior College Library to find outside sources. A great starting place is the Get Started with Your Research (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. page.
In the library, we also have a History (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Research by Subject page. On this page, search the recommended databases in the Library Research Databases section for outside sources for your paper.
Need help searching the databases? Our Instruction 24/7 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. page has tip sheets and tutorials for searching databases, evaluating sources, understanding peer reviewed articles, and more. Visit our Organize My Resources (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. page for free tools to help you keep track of your research and generate bibliographies.
Contact Your Librarians (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.- We can help with search strategies, citing sources, and much more.
Resources for writing and formatting an Annotated Bibliography:
Excelsior Library, Annotated Bibliography Tip Sheet (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Excelsior OWL, Annotated Bibliography Tips and a Sample (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Cornell Library, How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Video: What is An Annotated Bibliography? (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Purdue Online Writing Lab, (OWL) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Compose your work in a .doc or .docx file type using a word processor (such as Microsoft Word, etc.) and save it frequently to your computer. For those assignments that are not written essays and require uploading images or PowerPoint slides, please follow uploading guidelines provided by your instructor.
Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to submit your work, click “Upload Submission.” Enter the submission title and then click on “Select a file to upload.” Browse your computer, and select your file. Click “Open” and verify the correct file name has appeared next to Submission File. Click on “Continue.” Confirm submission is correct and then click on “Accept Submission & Save.”
This course has Turnitin fully integrated into the course dropbox. This means that you should only submit your assignments to the dropbox below. Please do not submit your assignment directly to Turnitin.com.
Once submitted, your assignment will be evaluated by Turnitin® automatically. You will be able to view an Originality Report within minutes of your first submission that will show how much of your work has been identified as similar to other sources such as websites, textbooks, or other student papers. Use your Originality Report as a learning tool to identify areas of your assignment that you may not have cited appropriately. You may resubmit your assignment through this dropbox as many times as you need to check to see if you have made improvements, until the due date of the assignment. However, once you have made your first submission, you will need to wait 24 hours after each subsequent submission to receive a new Originality Report. Plan accordingly as you draft your assignment. Once the due date has passed, your assignment submission will be considered final.
This assignment will be graded using the Outline and Annotated Bibliography Rubric located on the Course Rubrics page within the Start Here section of the course. Please review the rubric prior to beginning your work so that you ensure your submission meets the criteria in place for this assignment. This assignment is worth 10% of your final course grade.