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PART 2: CITING, ASSESSING, AND REFLECTING (What you will turn in for this assignment)
Once you have decided on a book that seems appropriate for your research topic (or at least one
important aspect of it), create a citation and annotation for it. In addition to your citation and
annotation, provide the search steps you took and your rationale for doing so. Steps A-C below walk
you through how to construct a citation; draft an annotation, and compile your notes on your
research process and search path. Also see the sample assignment on pp. 6-7. Save your work as a
doc or rtf with your name and the assignment name in the file, using Last Name_Assignment. For
example, if your name was Jane Doe, you could name your assignment Doe_Week3Assignment1.
Upload your paper to Blackboard where this assignment is located.
A. Citing Your Research Sources (e.g., books, articles, etc.). Please provide a proper citation for
you’re the book and articles you find for this assignment and future assignments by using the
APA format. Use APA since many of your classes at Brandman will call for it. It is important for
you to become familiar with citing sources as this is something you will be asked to do
throughout your academic career (it is highly recommended you eventually obtain a copy of the
APA Style Manual to reference for future classes).
Also important to remember is that citing sources gives deserved credit to your sources for
information. Think how you would feel if someone used your work or creation for their own and
did not credit you and please be mindful of this ethical issue when you obtain new ideas and
information while conducting research (this even goes for materials you find online such as
images!). Remember, if you are not certain how to cite something and cannot find the
information in a citation guide, librarians are good people sources to consult as well as your
instructor.
PART 2: CITING, ASSESSING, AND REFLECTING (What you will turn in for this assignment)
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? One APA guide you can use is the one created by Purdue University’s Online Writing
Center, available at https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/. For
information on how to cite a print or physical book, visit
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/08/. For information on citing ebooks,
visit https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/ (scroll down to
section titled “Electronic Books”).
B. Writing an Annotation: Write a 6-8 sentence annotation for the book you’ve selected. The
annotation should provide the following elements:
? A brief summary of the book (do not copy the publisher’s or another person’s summary
of the book that you find in the book or online – write the summary in your own words!)
? Your assessment of the book’s authority (why do you feel the author is qualified to write
the book?)
Use the questions within the “Authority” section of the “Evaluating CRAAP Guide” and
try, to the best of your ability, to provide some information about the author(s) or
editor(s) of the book, which may be made available within the book itself or through a
legitimate website you find. Perhaps they have authored other publications on this topic
or hold advanced degrees in a relevant field, for example. This kind of information may
help you learn about other resources as well as the key authors relevant to your topic.
? How you think the book will help you gain a better understanding of your topic
(mention specific parts or chapters of the book that you feel will be most relevant to
your topic)
? How the book will enhance your research (what new ideas does it present for you that
you want to research further?)
Although you will not have time to read the entire book this week, your annotation should
demonstrate that you have read through the specific parts that seem to apply most to your
research.
C. Noting Your Research Process and Search Path
As noted above, you need to share your research process and search path by noting the search
steps that worked well for you as well as those that did not work out as you expected. Not only
does this help your instructor understand your research logic, but taking such careful notes
allows you to reflect on your own research process when completing Assignment 2 (your in-class
journal assignment this week) as well as when you conduct searches in the future. For an
example of what to include in your notes, please view the sample assignment on the next page.

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