Annotated Bibliography

Phase 1: Establish a Body of Knowledge

PAPE2 Research Project Instructions

  • Racism
    • Are the Black Lives Matter Protests in today’s society comparable to the civil rights movements from the 1960’s?


Once you select a topic, you will begin researching the issues on both sides of your argumentative question.  To do this, you will locate 6-8 credible sources. For this assignment, we require that a minimum of 5 of those sources come from a research database, such as Gale, ABC-Clio, or EBSCO. Don’t forget that Google Scholar is an option (and Google Scholar is different from Google). You should focus your research from articles published in the last 5 years; only 2 articles may be older than that.

Annotated Bibliography Assignment


You must create an Annotated Bibliography for the first stage of research. You will:

  • Select a topic for your research. Choose a question or questions within that topic to research.
  • Locate 6-8 credible sources that pertain to the topic and contain information that can answer a question about the topic; a minimum of 5 of those sources must be from research databases.
  • Read the articles.
  • Create an MLA formatted bibliographic citation for the source.
  • Then, under the citation, write sentences that accomplish the bulleted tasks listed above (in the definition of an Annotated Bibliography): summary, evaluation, and reflection. NOTE: you are NOT including any direct copy/paste quoted text evidence.
  • Alphabetize the entries when you finish.
  • Edit your document for grammar and spelling.

Sample Annotated Bibliography

Hollenbeck, J. R., & C. R. Williams. “Goal Importance, Self-Focus, and the Goal-Setting  Process.” Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 73, no. 2, 1987, pp. 204-211.

The authors, graduate students from Michigan State University, examine the importance of self-focus in the goal-setting process. Their study aims to analyze the effect that goal setting has on future performance as opposed to past performance without goals. Subjects in the study were assessed based on their archival records for the past three months as well as their future performance success of the three months following the questionnaire. The results of the study show that having high goals and self-determination leads to high performance. Those who did not set goals were not as successful as those subjects that did. I could use this article as evidence to support my claim that setting goals does lead to greater success.

**Notice that the annotation includes:

  • an evaluation of the credibility and relevance of the source as it pertains to the researcher’s inquiry; (sentence 1)
  • a summary of the significant findings or key information from the source (sentences 2-4)
  • a reflection on whether or not the source will be used in the researcher’s academic paper, and if not, why not. (sentence 5)

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