Outline and Annotated Bibliography

Outline and Annotated Bibliography

Using your project proposal as a guide, develop an outline for your course paper and attach an annotated bibliography of a minimum of six (6) peer-reviewed resources. When you have completed your work, submit it to the drop box as a single document. Please refer to the following guidelines to help you shape your work:


Your outline should include the following:

  • A brief introduction identifying your topic area, a working thesis statement, and a clearly defined statement on the position you are taking in this project
  • A brief outline of each subpoint you will make to support your thesis statement (each subpoint you make will eventually become a body paragraph or two in your paper—you should plan to make several subpoints throughout your paper)
  • A brief statement referring to how you might conclude your paper

You should expect to alter and define your position as you craft your paper, but you should use your outline to help you stay on track throughout the research and writing process.

Annotated Bibliography

Your annotated bibliography should include a full, APA-style citation followed by a brief annotation of at least six (6) peer-reviewed resources.

Each of your annotations should do the following:

  • Identify the name of the source and the author(s)
  • Summarize the main point(s) the author(s) makes and any relevant supporting subpoints
  • Include a statement referring to the quality of the source (is it effective?) and how you might use it in your research project to support your position.

Using the APA Citation Builder

The very first thing you will do after you have found your six articles that you are interested in using for your research is properly cite your sources in APA format (remember, six peer reviewed resources is a start – you can use other web resources to complement your work, but the paper must have at least six peer reviewed resources). To build a proper APA citation for your references page, you may want to use a citation builder. This is the equivalent of using a calculator to do a math problem. It makes it easier to use and the world is so much better with these citation builders.

You can find citation builders just about anywhere—there is even one on the right-hand toolbar of every article in the EBSCO database—but you will want to make sure you check the citation for accuracy (see the APA Guide in the Course Resources folder).

When you get to the citation builder you choose to use, make sure you select “APA 6th Edition” from the list (there are a lot of different citation styles). Typically, this selection will expand a list of the types of resources you want to cite. For the annotated bibliography, you will most likely be using online journal articles – so when you click on the “Online Journal Article” you will have a form to fill out. Filling this out completely will generally create a perfectly formatted APA citation for you to use. (Note – you can also use citation builders with magazine articles, books, websites, and so on that you might decide to use in your research).

Writing the Summary

After you have the APA formatted citation – you will write a 150 word summary of the article. What was the article about? What were the conclusions of the article? What was the main point? What did you get out of this article that you can use in your paper? This short 150 word summary lets your instructor know you understand the article.

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