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“If you include research that is not found within the NOVA Online Library system, you will need to evaluate such resources for credibility (Links to an external site.)accuracy, and objectivity and you will need to compose the source citations using MLA 8 Source Citation rules. (Links to an external site.)
Email yourself each resource along with each source citation for MLA 8 so you will have that information for your bibliography and for your research project.
-Concentrate on finding articles, book chapters, web pages, resources, etc. that you can actually read and comprehend. Articles need to be substantial as well as reliable, so do not include any article in your bibliography that is briefer than 2 full print pages or 4 screens. The goal is to gather a range of ideas and opinions, so do not include more than two articles by the same person, or more than two articles from the same source.
-Focus your research on your tentative thesis ideas to begin with, allowing what your research tells you to guide you in your research.
-Use the Evaluating Internet Resources (Links to an external site.)to make sure sources are credible, accurate, objective and current (as needed).
– Prepare an Annotated Bibliography of the resources you find. Print out this sample Annotated Bibliography (Links to an external site.) so you can keep the directions handy while you do your research.
– Each entry needs to be about 100-150 words in length. You annotated bibliography should include 3 elements: the MLA 8 source citation, an annotation (summary) of the source content, and a thoughtful evaluation. (NOTE: Do not include items in your annotated bibliography that offer no value to your research project.)
– Review the THREE elements needed for each source in an Annotated Bibliography:
Source Citation: MLA 8 Source Citation Rules (Links to an external site.)
An annotation: This should be enough of a description of the source (written in your own words) to tell your reader what the source is about and to briefly mention the main ideas and major supporting examples.
NOTE: Select only useful articles and resources for your project.
An evaluation: This should include your evaluation of the source information and how it relates to your research.
CONSIDER: What do you know about the author or the website sponsor? Where does this information lead you? What additional questions do you have now about the information in the source? How does this information affect the direction of your research? Are you satisfied with what you now know about this aspect of your topic? Explain your reason for selecting the source for your research project bibliography? How will the source be useful for your research report? Does it confirm or contradict your ideas about the topic so far? Does it contain statistics that you will use? And so on.
Alphabetize your list of sources by the first word of the source citation. Usually that word is the last name of the author or editor. If a source/article does not have an author or editor, alphabetize it under the first word of the title (ignore articles “a, “an,” or “the” when you alphabetize).
If you have selected your topic wisely, and located relevant, reliable sources, you should now have a beginning bibliography for your research project, or you may now know that your original idea will not work easily as a research project and you will need to turn to another topic. As you develop your ideas for your project, you may find that you need more sources on particular issues. Add these to your bibliography as you locate them; some of them will become part of your final list of works cited.
NOTE: Research is time-consuming, but if you do a good job here, the rest of the research project will be much easier to complete. If, after you do your best, you are not able to find quality resources for your research, reach out to your instructor for guidance and direction.
Submit your completed annotated bibliography.
Your completed Annotated Bibliography should have 10 source entries. ”
Evaluating internet resources: https://library.georgetown.edu/tutorials/research-guides/evaluating-internet-content
Annotated Bibliography: https://irsc.libguides.com/mla/annotatedbibliography
MLA 8 Source Citatiion Rules: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_formatting_and_style_guide.html