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University of Toronto Mississauga
Department of Geography Academic Year 2010-2011

GGR417Y5 Research Project

 

 Instructor: Pierre Desrochers

 

 Lectures: Tuesday 1-2PM

 

 Phone: (905) 828-5206

Office: Davis Building, room 3273

 

 Lecture room: SE 1153

 

 E-mail: pierre.desrochers@utoronto.ca

 

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY & SEARCH STRATEGY


DUE DATE
September 28, 2010

ASSESSMENT
10% of your final grade.

PURPOSE
The purpose of this assignment is to summarize and reflect critically on at least 10 scholarly research papers (i.e., journal articles or book chapters) that you will use for your final research paper. It will enable you to evaluate the ways in which the findings from other research studies will contribute to your research.

MANDATORY READINGS
University of Toronto
- Knott, Deborah. Undated. Writing an Annotated Bibliography. University of Toronto
- Citations styles (UTM Library)

University of Wiscon-Madison (Writing Center)
- "Annotated Bibliographies" Writer's Handbook

Cornell University (Olin Kroch Uris Libraries, Reference Services Division)
- How to critically analyse information sources
- How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography

COMPONENTS
1. Completed Search Strategy: Hand in a one-page submission that clearly demonstrates what you did for all 8 steps in the Search Strategy.

2. Annotated Bibliography: A bibliography that includes a summary and critical discussion of the work cited. It must contain the complete citation for at least 10 scholarly sources (e.g., journal article, book chapter) followed by a paragraph that provides a summary and critical appraisal of the source. Use the Critical Appraisal Form as a guide for completing the annotated bibliographies.

DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS
a) Use the 8 step Search Strategy to identify relevant scholarly sources to be used in your literature review.

b) Treat each source as a separate entry.

c) Each entry should contain the complete citation for the work followed by a paragraph that contains a summary and critical appraisal.
    - The summary must identify the key purpose of the article, methods of analysis and the key point(s) and findings.
    - The critical appraisal should identify any strength and weaknesses as well as the usefulness of the article for your own research.

FORMAT
The annotated bibliographies should follow the Search Strategy. All entries must be in alphabetical order and should each be approximately 100 words. The choice of reference style is up to you, but you must be consistent. Please look up the UTM library "Citation styles" webpage.

The bibliography must be typed and single-spaced on one side of the paper. You must include a title page that contains the title of your research paper, the course number and name, your name and student number and your supervisor's name.

CRITERIA FOR ASSESSMENT
 
Search Strategy (3 points):
    - steps a-h are complete with evidence of extensive and thorough literature search

  Annotated Bibliographies (5 points - 0.5 pts/article):
    - provides clear description of purpose, methods of analysis, and main point(s) and findings
    - thorough assessment of the strengths and weaknesses
    - clear connection of each article to your topic (i.e., how is the source relevant to your topic)
    - demonstrates thoughtfulness and a clear understanding of each article

  Style (2 points):
    - bibliography in proper format, consistent citation format, spelling and grammar

POLICY ON LATE ASSIGNMENTS
Late assignments will be given a penalty of one percent per day from the final grade for the assignment up to a maximum of 5 days. After 5 days the assignment will not be assessed resulting in a grade of zero.

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GGR417Y5 Research Project
| Oral Presentations | Annotated Bibliography | Research Proposal | Progress Report | Draft Report | Final Report
                                                                                     - Search Strategy
                                                                                     - Critical Appraisal Form

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