Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is threefold. First, this is an exercise in choosing a topic among a vast amount of options. Second, this is your first opportunity in this class (and perhaps ever) to utilize the American Psychological Association (APA) system of citation. Lastly, in this assignment you must critically evaluate the credibility and usefulness of information pertaining to your selected topic. I am also interested in how the article has informed your thinking.

Requirements: The paper must meet the following general requirements:

Components: To receive full credit, the submission must include a title page and a bibliography. You must also state the overall topic that both articles connect to. Lastly, you need to include a bibliographic citation before each entry (ie one for each article).

Topic Selection: Choosing a topic is a skill, and thus the requirement

pertaining to topics is purposefully broad. You may choose any topic relating to sociology…which means just about anything can apply. Choose a topic that you are interested in or perhaps in which you have a background. Do you like technology? Then you can easily write a paper on specific ways smartphones have changed society. But specific is the key. The papers in this class are short; you need to narrow your topic to something that is obtainable. You are highly encouraged to talk to me about your topic before committing.

Sources: As stated above, one of the purposes of this assignment

is to get you thinking about the information that forms your argument/purpose/point. In this, quality is critical. For this assignment, you must choose two peer reviewed articles that can be found on the library databases. The articles must be at least ten (8) pages in length.

Length: This assignment, done properly, should be at least a

page and a half in length (it will need to be to receive full credit)…but likely more.

Annotated Bibliography Tips: An annotated bibliography is an excellent way to gather a large number of sources

and evaluate them in terms of how useful they will be to a future paper or project. Your submission should include the four following elements for each article:

Bibliographic Citation: The very first thing should be the bibliographic citation of the article you will be reviewing (see example). Summary of the source (article): This should be a paragraph dedicated to what the article is about. Some questions you should think about (among others) are: what is the purpose or main point? What are the main ideas? How does the author support the claims? What evidence is used? Analysis of the source (article): This paragraph should be dedicated to thinking critically about the quality of the source. Without using first person, I should be able to hear your voice pondering the some of the following questions (among others): Do the facts/analysis/conclusions of the source seem accurate? Are the qualifications of the author relevant? Does the author delve deep into a topic or is it rather cursory? Evaluation of Usefulness: In this paragraph you should evaluate the source in terms of how influential (or not) it was in forming your thoughts on the topic. Did it change your view on the topic you are exploring? What are some of the things that stuck out for you? How does it compare to other sources? Justify your thoughts here through citation.

Remember that format counts. I expect that your submission will mimic the format set out in the example found with the assignment and in the course documents. You should turn in a scholarly paper. Thus grammar, punctuation, and other such details should be on point. At the very least, have a person you trust look at your paper before submitting. I recommend a visit to the Writing Center before submitting the final paper.


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