Library Skills 002: Term Project

Term Project

Term Project 

The term project will focus on a Media Issue or another topic of your choice (you can choose to pursue a topic you are pursuing in another current class but it must follow the guidelines of the term project).  Throughout the course, you will, while searching the Library Catalog, OneSearch, library subscription databases, and web search engines, find materials based on your well refined topic.

Format:  Either in the form of a paper, PowerPoint, web page, or blog entry present an annotated bibliography of at least seven sources you would pursue.  The sources you select must be of this type—

1.      At least TWO books (whether entire book, book chapter, or reference book entry).

2.      At least FOUR articles.  (At least three must come from peer-reviewed scholarly journals and no more than one can be an editorial, if one is submitted at all).

3.      At least ONE public WWW site (must be authoritative.  Web-based journal articles or books (not found from a database or OneSearch) are acceptable)

Optional (can be substituted for one of the articles).  A TV show or movie you used for your project.  Can be used to substitute for one of the articles, above.

(You can use more sources if you wish, but only need to supply A MINIMUM OF SEVEN CRITICAL ANNOTATIONS to get up to 100%.  For the extra points, also supply an annotation to the one to three additional sources).


For the annotated bibliography

Write an introduction discussing your search experience, why the topic is important to you.

Then comes the annotated bibliography itself.  All sources go by the MLA format 8th Edition.  The annotations are written in a paragraph format .  No more than two sentences discusses what the research is about.  The rest discusses why you selected the article, book chapter, WWW site in question as a critical annotation.  For more information, please take a look at How to Write an Annotated Bibliography

Submit either the paper itself, or a printout of the website or blog entry. 

Presentation—5 minutes long.   Discuss to the class why this topic was important to you, what you were hoping to find about the research, perhaps say in detail at least one source (outside of the movie or TV show if used) that you found particularly fascinating and informative.

Due Dates:

Original topic submitted: April 4

Topic Finalized: April 16

Preliminary sources ( A list of  10 citations (stated in MLA format, 8th edition): April 30

Term Project Due: May 9

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