Annotated Bibliography I. Definition A. Annotated Bibliography – a collection of summaries of articles to a related topic. II. Instructions A. Find 4 articles from medical journals and write a summary for each (minimum 300 words each summary). When selecting articles keep in mind that next semester you will be asked to use these same articles to complete a research paper on an aspect of your topic. B. Article must not be older than 3 years C. Article must be from a medical journal (peer reviewed) The Library has several health related databases from which to research information. III. An Effective Abstract * A. Uses one or more well developed paragraphs, which are unified, coherent, concise and able to stand alone. B. Uses an introduction – body – conclusion in which parts of the report were discussed in order. C. Strictly follows the chronology of the report D. Provides logical connections between the materials included. E. Adds no new information, but summarizes your report. F. Should be no longer than 250 words. IV. Requirements (APA 6th Edition) A. Title Page – manuscript header w/page #; running header; topic title, student name, institution B. Abstract 1. Length – 100-250 words must succinctly represent the bibliography. 2. Single Spacing 3. Free of spelling, grammar, and structure errors. C. 4 articles summarized 1. Each article must directly pertain to the topic. 2. Each article must be summarized with a minimum requirement of 300 words and contain a final paragraph that relates to why you felt it is important to know this information and what you learned from the article. {Impact statement should be written in third person and is NOT included in the 300 word count for the summary as it is your take on the article} 3. Full reference citation should begin each summary. (double spaced) 4. Articles should be listed in alphabetical order by the author’s last name. 5. Citations used must follow APA format 6th Edition. 6. Summaries should be single spaced. 7. Paper must be free of format, spelling, grammar, & structure errors. 8. Paper must be coherent and have concise wording. 9. Appendix A – student will determine a concise, specific question that will be the topic for the next semester’s research paper. It must be derived from the general topic that the annotated bibliography covered. The question must be very specific and be able to be answered and supported using the articles reviewed. The appendix should pose the question and give supporting evidence from the articles reviewed in the bibliography. Length should be no more than 300 words. Written in third person tense. D. Plagiarism 1. Direct quotes from sources should never be used without giving the author credit. When you directly quote a source, you are taking someone else’s work and using it in your paper without giving them credit. This is considered stealing and people have been sued for this. When in doubt, cite the author. You must also give the author credit when using his ideas or findings. Anyone in direct violation of plagiarism will receive a grade of zero. E. Minimum Quality Standards 1. Paper must be computer generated from Microsoft Word. 2. Plan ahead so that if you do not have a computer, you will have ample time to use the resources that are available to you. (i.e. Computer Lab, Library) 3. Required font size: 12 4. Font style: Times New Roman or Arial or Calibri **Note that Blackboard limits the size of your submissions to 2 MB so be cognizant of this limitation. The assignment must be submitted as ONE document with either .doc or .docx format only. a. Pages must be in the following order (a) Title Page (b) Abstract (c) Bibliographies (d) Appendix F. References – if you found your journals electronically you must provide an active hyperlink to that source. If you are unable to then print the article and submit it to the instructor’s mailbox upon electronic submission of the finished paper. Also, the peer reviewed draft must be submitted in addition to the draft tutored by the tutoring center.

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