Truman’s Fair Deal
Each student will conduct research using online and library resources. Upon completion of your research, you will create and submit an annotated bibliography that lists your sources, describes how they contributed to your research, and produces an accurate and complete description of your research topic. Follow the directions below carefully to ensure that you earn as many points on possible, and consult the project rubric attached.
-Students are free to use online and print sources. You may wish to consult the library’s research tools for History, I recommend J-STOR and Project Muse as good resources for finding academic journal articles.
-All sources should be appropriate for college-level research. Online sources must be scrutinized for credibility and academic quality. Websites with .edu or .gov domains are usually reliable. Organizational sites are generally safe, though keep in mind that anyone can secure a .org web domain. Be particularly weary of blogs and other personal webpages (these are often unsuitable). Also avoid sites geared toward K-12 education/faculty. Reputable articles should have an author, and authors should have disclosed credentials. Google Scholar can be a helpful tool in finding reputable sources.
-Students should use at least five sources in compiling their research. You are free to use more than five. Textbooks DO NOT count toward your five-source minimum.
-Students are free to use Wikipedia, which may serve as a useful starting point for finding other sources. Any information pulled from Wikipedia should be verified through other sources, however, to ensure accuracy.
-No more than ONE reference source (such as Wikipedia, Britannica, Biography.com, About.com, History.com, etc.) can count toward the five-source minimum. Be mindful that certain library resources, such as Gail Reference Library and Grolier Online Encyclopedia, count as reference sources. You may also come across reference articles in some of the search databases. Check the citation information for each article you retrieve from databases. Online teacher resource sites (geared toward K-12 instructors) are also considered reference sources and should generally be avoided.
-At least THREE of your five sources should come from books, newspapers, periodicals, or academic journals (online or in printed form). Your research should be much more involved than a simple “Google” search. Find and use scholarly sources.
Annotated Bibliography Guidelines
-Bibliographies must be typed and should be submitted on time according to the topic due date. Late bibliographies will be penalized ten points. Papers should be submitted either as a Word attachment, pdf file, or Google Docs file Be sure to include your name and your topic at the top of the paper.
-Students must cite all sources used in compiling their research.
-Students should list a minimum of five sources in their annotated bibliographies, keeping in mind that only one may be a reference source, and at least three should be some combination of books, newspapers, periodicals, or academic journals.
-Citations must conform to MLA formatting standards. Use the library’s citation guide.
AVOID AUTOMATIC CITATION TOOLS (including those from the Library’s resources)—they are generally unreliable. Follow the examples provided by the library’s citation guide and make your bibliography entries fit the structure.
-Each source must have an annotation (minimum 5), which should consist of one or more paragraphs (each with a minimum of 4-5 sentences) describing the source, how the source contributed to the research, and what information you acquired about your research topic.