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Objective: Assess sources for your research for your final presentation (for credibility, reliability, and relevance) and list references in proper APA format.

Assignment Instructions: The Research Project/Presentation for this class is divided into three major Assignments, 1) annotated bibliography, 2) outline and 3) research presentation. The first part is the annotated bibliography. An annotation is a summary and evaluation, and your annotated bibliography will include a summary and evaluation of some of the sources (or references) you will use for your presentation.

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To prepare for this assignment, I recommend that you do the following:

Read these directions carefully.
Review the sample annotated bibliography provided to you below.
Read the grading criteria below. The grading criteria is a detailed evaluation that I will use to assess your performance. It also will help you understand what is expected of you as you prepare your assignment.
Message me with any questions!
The reason the annotated bibliography is included as part of the research project is that writing an annotated bibliography is important in that it provides excellent preparation for the final presentation. One of the issues regarding any type of research, especially in meteorology, is the credibility of the sources used, particularly those obtained from various websites. By forcing you to evaluate each of your potential sources carefully, the annotated bibliography helps you determine if in fact the source you chose is credible and helps you determine how relevant it is to your topic and understand the topic better which will help you develop your presentation.
For this project, you will assess three sources to include:
1) a complete citation for each source in APA format,
2) a summary of each source, and
3) an evaluation of each source.
Three sources are required for this assignment (i.e., you are to write an annotation for each source). However, you must use five or more sources in your final presentation.
Use this TEMPLATE to summarize and evaluate each of your three sources.
Citation: Written in APA reference list format. For more help with formatting, see APA handout.
Summary: What is the purpose of the source, review article, original research? What topics are covered? This section is generally 4-6 sentences that summarize the author’s main point. For more help, see this link on paraphrasing sources.
Evaluation: After summarizing the article (or research paper or book), it is necessary to evaluate it and state where you found it – its source (e.g., journal, website, etc.). Briefly answer the following questions in 4-6 sentences:
What is the format or type of source (e.g., peer-reviewed journal paper, website, book)?
How reliable is the information in the article?
How credible is the source (e.g., website’s sponsoring organization, journal or book publisher) and the author(s)
For more help, see this handout on evaluating resources.
Additional Resources:
Sample Annotated Bibliography
Also, please see the resources below at The Owl at Purdue site for more information on how to write an annotated bibliography as well as other pages on the site to assist you with the other parts of the research paper:
Annotated Bibliographies
Annotated Bibliography Breakdown
Annotated Bibliography Samples
Evaluation: Please review the Annotated Bibliography Grading Criteria that describes how your annotated bibliography will be graded. If you cannot access the link, view below for all of the required material:
Three sources must be evaluated, each based on the following criteria:

Source selection and credibility (12 points)

Sources are from journals, books, or websites and based on current and credible scientific work either directly or indirectly
Sources such as “wikis” or blogs are not utilized
APA formatting of source (12 points)

Source citations are written in APA reference list format
Summary of source (32 points) – approximately 4-6 sentences

Topic sentence included stating the main topic of the source
Explains whether source is original research or a review of the topic
States main conclusions or findings
Evaluation of source (32 points) – approximately 4-6 sentences

States source format/type (e.g., peer-reviewed journal paper, website, book, etc.)
Provides evidence of author’s authority
Evaluates source (e.g., website’s sponsoring organization, journal / book publisher, etc.)
Writing expectations and scientific terminology (12 points)

Summaries and evaluations accurately apply scientific concepts and use scientific terminology correctly
Proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation are used throughout
Treat the above material as a sort of check-list. For each source of information – did you say ‘the main topic of this source was…’, ‘this source was / not an original source because….’, and ‘the main conclusions were…’ for the summary section? Also, in the evaluation section, did you mention if the source was a journal, paper, book? How do you know the author is credible? Lastly, why would the source be credible in-and-of itself (e.g., .gov website, long-standing article / organization, etc.).
Submission Instructions:
Follow the assignment instructions, and do the following:

You must submit your Annotated Bibliography as a “Microsoft Word” document using the template provided (rather than a Word Pad, Works, etc. document) AND title your file name as FirstnameLastname_ERSC180_Assg1.doc. Otherwise, you will not receive credit for your assignment.

To browse for the file you want to submit, click Add a File. You can attach files from your local computer or storage device, a personal locker, a group locker, or Brightspace ePortfolio. Enter any comments you want to submit with the file. Click Submit.
Papers will be automatically added to and checked against the standard Turnitin repositories. Originality reports will be returned to the faculty and student in roughly 15 minutes of the submission. Multiple submissions are allowed before the due date. If you wish to learn more about and how to access Turnitin.com, a plagiarism detection website, these are available from the APUS Online Library.

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