Annotated Bibliography Due 4/8 11:59pm

Annotated Bibliography

Construct an annotated bibliography of relevant course readings, news sources, and academic sources that will help you to support your argument about the most pressing problem in higher education and its causes.

For help finding sources, schedule an appointment with a Peer Research Adviser or a professional consultant in the library.

What is an annotated bibliography?

It’s a survey of background literature that may be relevant to the research you are conducting. The survey includes four parts:

  • Citation: Citations are standard descriptions of how to locate a source and they include information about the author, title, and publisher of the source. Use ASA Style for the citations.
  • Summary: A brief (1-2 sentence) description of the main idea or argument of the source
  • Evaluation of Author: Google the author and find out his/her profession, affiliation, and stance on the issue. Describe briefly what you find out about the author.
  • Evaluation of Source: Evaluate the source using the BEAM method. Will this source serve primarily as Background, Evidence, Argument, or Method?

What kind of sources?

The sources for this annotated bibliography come from three places:

  • Relevant Course Readings: Review the syllabus for readings we have done or will do over the course of the semester.
  • News articles. Focus on higher education news in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed. Additional sources are listed on the bottom menu of the course wordpress site.
  • Academic Literature: Search Google Scholar and Library Databases to find academic articles. Proquest ERIC, Proquest Sociological Abstracts, and JSTOR will be the most relevant. You can link to these through the course wordpress site in the bottom menu.

How many sources?

The answer to this depends on what is available and will range between 9-15. Here is a guide for each source type:

  • Course Readings: Include all that are relevant.
  • News Articles: For this assignment, choose 3-5. You may want to continue to use those you discovered while writing essay 2.
  • Academic Articles: Create a search that yields a list of 25-30 articles. Choose the 5 most relevant for inclusion in the annotated bibliography. If you can’t find 5 relevant articles from your list of 25-30, try different search terms or a different database.

Submission: Submit the annotated bibliographies via email to with the file name LastName_AnnotatedBib.


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