For this discussion, you will get continue to build your annotated bibliography by offering an APA citation, a summary paragraph and an evaluation paragraph for four sources. (If you completed last week’s discussion posts, you may add to those!)
The sources may offer information on a specific challenge that community college students face or it may be more general and discuss students challenges more broadly. Either works for this assignment,
To earn full credit, you will post an APA citation, a summary of overall key ideas in the sources, and an evaluation of the credibility and relevancy of the sources.
- If you use a source from the TCC library database, you are able to create a citation using the cite tool on the right side of the page, when you click on an article.
- For this assignment, you don’t have to read the source carefully to write your summary. However, you should present a paragraph of at least 7-10 sentences that offers important ideas of the source, in your own words.
- You may choose 2-4 evaluation questions that help you determine whether the source is credible or not. Your evaluation paragraph needs to be 7-10 sentences to earn full credit.
This is what you’ll do to earn full credit:
1) First, post an APA citation, summary paragraph and evaluation paragraph for four sources.
2) Next, at the end of your annotated bibliography, write a paragraph or two in which you discuss the strengths of your annotated bibliography and the areas you would like to improve,
3) Finally, reply to the posts of at least three classmates, commenting on the strengths of their work and offer suggestions if you see areas that could be improved. Each reply should be a well-explained paragraph (shoot for at least 5-7 sentences).
Here’s the link to the TCC library’s guide for citing sources. There is a lot of helpful information here. It’s definitely worth reading carefully so that you can get questions answered and do your best work!
FIVE KEYS TO WRITING
An effective summary condenses a passage into a much shorter form, communicating
only the essential facts of the original. Summarizing is not the same as paraphrasing,
however: when you summarize something, you are not merely translating it word for
word using synonyms and a thesaurus, but rather reworking the text into a condensed
form for later reference. Effective summarizing is necessary to both research and writing,
because it can save a lot of time and paper, and it will allow you to review your research
After reading articles during the research phase of your writing process, consider
employing the following strategies:
1. Use summaries to communicate the main points of a text. In order to identify the
main points, think of your summary as the lead paragraph in a newspaper article: it ought
to answer the questions who, what, where, when, why, and how in a general way: Who
wrote the article; what the article concerns; where and when it takes place; why the
author has written about it; and how the author communicates his or her ideas. In other
words, don’t include a lot of specific facts and data from the passage to be summarized
unless you intend to cite them in your paper.
2. Use your own words. This will help you to understand the text better. Quotations
should be employed sparingly, and only in instances where you need to communicate
specific phrases used in the original. For example, you might quote words and phrases
coined by the author, or sentences you intend to cite word-for-word in your paper.
3. Keep it short. Of course the length of a summary depends on what you’re
summarizing, but in general summaries should be a lot shorter than their originals,
particularly when incorporated into a paper. Keep them short when doing research as
well in order to make the most of your time.
4. Write objectively. Summaries should not report your opinion on the matter, but
should accurately reflect the author’s ideas and style. Nevertheless, make note of your
evaluative comments and opinions outside of the summary because they may prove
useful when writing your paper.
5. Document the publishing information for later reference. You will need it if you wish
to cite your summarized research in papers. Otherwise, much of your research will come
to nothing. Moreover, remember that paraphrases must be cited just as you would cite
quotations. Anytime you present specific ideas that are neither your own nor general
knowledge, you should include a citation for them.
(From Southern Illinois University)
Evaluating Sources Guidelines
Here’s a link to the TCC library’s guidelines for evaluating sources. You’ll use these to evaluate sources for your annotated bibliography — and for the rest of the quarter.