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Instructions.

1) The student will pick a civilization that was covered in week 1 – week 3.
EARLY MODERN EMPIRES

2) The student will search for four academic secondary sources on this civilization.

An academic source is a trustworthy source that is not open author. Wikipedia is an example of an open author source, where the author cannot be verified. For this reason, Wikipedia could not be used as an academic source. Encyclopedias, even closed author, are usually not included as an academic source because they are too general. For this reason, the sources that a student chooses must not be an encyclopedia or a dictionary. Journal articles and books are the best sources here, but there are some academically acceptable websites. Websites take some verification though, you must make sure the author or creator is listed, so that you can verify that they are an expert on the subject.

If a multiple websites are chosen, they must be from different domain names entirely. IE: If a student used www.charlesI.com, even if a specific section on wars, they could not use another section of the website www.charlesI.com.

3) The student will search for one primary source on this civilization.

A primary source is original contemporary material from the civilization you have chosen. An example of this would be a treatise from one of the civilization’s philosophers, a letter from the king of that civilization, a poem or even a work of art from the civilization.

4) The student will create a proper APA formatted reference line for this source.

5) Following the APA formatted reference, the student will summarize the source in a paragraph. It is not expected that students read whole books on a subject, but they should find book reviews, abstracts, or quickly analyze the book to give a brief summary. For websites, a comprehensive description of all aspects of that website should be written. Always cite the home page for the website, not individual pages within the overall website.

6) Finally, the student should write in a few sentences the importance of the source or the usefulness of the source. For example, what can we learn from using this source?

The following Rubric will be applied for each source.

Annotated Bibliography

Points Earned

Maximum Points

APA citation is correct

5

Student Adequately summarizes content of source

10

Importance / usefulness of source explained.

5

Total for Source

20

Although the student’s annotation will probably have more content than this, here is an example of an APA annotation from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (Links to an external site.):

Sample APA Annotation
Ehrenreich, B. (2001). Nickel and dimed: On (not) getting by in America. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

In this book of nonfiction based on the journalist’s experiential research, Ehrenreich attempts to ascertain whether it is currently possible for an individual to live on a minimum-wage in America. Taking jobs as a waitress, a maid in a cleaning service, and a Walmart sales employee, the author summarizes and reflects on her work, her relationships with fellow workers, and her financial struggles in each situation.

An experienced journalist, Ehrenreich is aware of the limitations of her experiment and the ethical implications of her experiential research tactics and reflects on these issues in the text. The author is forthcoming about her methods and supplements her experiences with scholarly research on her places of employment, the economy, and the rising cost of living in America. Ehrenreich’s project is timely, descriptive, and well-researched.

The annotation above both summarizes and assesses the book in the citation. The first paragraph provides a brief summary of the author’s project in the book, covering the main points of the work. The second paragraph points out the project’s strengths and evaluates its methods and presentation. This particular annotation does not reflect on the source’s potential importance or usefulness for this person’s own research.

For information on formatting APA citations, see our APA Formatting and Style Guide (Links to an external site.).

Purdue University. (2015). Annotated Bibliography Samples. Retrieved from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/614/03/ (Links to an external site.)

Rubric
Annotated Bibliography
Annotated Bibliography
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFirst Source (Primary Source) APA Citation is Correct
5 pts
Yes
0 pts
No
5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFirst Source (Primary Source) Student Adequately Summarizes content of Source
10 pts
Student adequately summarizes the source.
8 pts
A few more details about the source needed to complete summary.
5 pts
Summary submitted, but much more content needed.
0 pts
Student does not summarize the source, or source was not submitted.
10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFirst Source (Primary Source) student states importance / usefulness of the source
5 pts
Full Marks
3 pts
More information needed to relay the importance of the source.
0 pts
Importance not stated / or no source submitted.
5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSecond Source APA Citation is Correct
5 pts
Yes
0 pts
No
5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSecond Source Student Adequately Summarizes content of Source
10 pts
Student adequately summarizes the source.
8 pts
A few more details about the source needed to complete summary.
5 pts
Summary submitted, but much more content needed.
0 pts
Student does not summarize the source, or source was not submitted.
10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSecond Source student states importance / usefulness of the source
5 pts
Full Marks
3 pts
More information needed to relay the importance of the source.
0 pts
Importance not stated / or no source submitted.
5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThird Source APA Citation is Correct
5 pts
Yes
0 pts
No
5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThird Source Student Adequately Summarizes content of Source
10 pts
Student adequately summarizes the source.
8 pts
A few more details about the source needed to complete summary.
5 pts
Summary submitted, but much more content needed.
0 pts
Student does not summarize the source, or source was not submitted.
10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThird Source student states importance / usefulness of the source
5 pts
Full Marks
3 pts
More information needed to relay the importance of the source.
0 pts
Importance not stated / or no source submitted.
5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFourth Source APA Citation is Correct
5 pts
Yes
0 pts
No
5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFourth Source Student Adequately Summarizes content of Source
10 pts
Student adequately summarizes the source.
8 pts
A few more details about the source needed to complete summary.
5 pts
Summary submitted, but much more content needed.
0 pts
Student does not summarize the source, or source was not submitted.
10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFourth Source student states importance / usefulness of the source
5 pts
Full Marks
3 pts
More information needed to relay the importance of the source.
0 pts
Importance not stated / or no source submitted.
5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFifth Source APA Citation is Correct
5 pts
Yes
0 pts
No
5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFifth Source Student Adequately Summarizes content of Source
10 pts
Student adequately summarizes the source.
8 pts
A few more details about the source needed to complete summary.
5 pts
Summary submitted, but much more content needed.
0 pts
Student does not summarize the source, or source was not submitted.
10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFifth Source student states importance / usefulness of the source
Fifth Source student states importance / usefulness of the source
5 pts
Full Marks
3 pts
More information needed to relay the importance of the source.
0 pts
Importance not stated / or no source submitted.
5 pts
Total Points: 100
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