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Section 2: Covering the Basics
Now that you have learned your way around Northcentral and developed a plan to manage our course workload, it is time to get down to the basics and try out some of the tasks that you will be asked to accomplish as a Doctoral Student. This is the time to identify your strengths and pinpoint those tasks you will find challenging. Your Faculty will work closely with you to build on those strengths, face the challenges, and create a foundation for you to reach your full potential.
Assignment 6   Preparing an Annotated Bibliography
During your educational journey, you will be doing a great amount of reading of texts and of journal articles, and reading these takes time. We have compiled some resources to help you make the most of your reading time (remember: you are becoming a time management expert, knowing how to read scholarly resources effectively will save you time!). What you read now will be of use to you in later stages in your education, and maybe even in your career. Now it is time to learn how to record that information in a concise way, a way that gives you the maximum information with the minimum effort! In this activity you will improve your skills in reading complex material and learn how to write an Annotated Bibliography. You will continue to add to your Annotated Bibliography throughout your program and when you begin your dissertation courses, you should have anywhere from 100-200 entries. By the way, develop a habit now of backing up your work often on a CD, external memory device, or web-based data saving service. Computer losses of data do and will happen!
Activity Resources:
Lai, I. W., & Lam F. S. (2010).
Kozub, R. M. (2010).
Annotated Bibliography. University of Canberra: Academic Skills Program
Annotated Bibliographies. Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography
How to Read a Scientific Paper
Activity 6 Foundations Feedback Sheet
Skills Builder 1: How to Read a Scientific Paper
A scientific or research paper is a special type of document and requires special reading skills. Check out this resource How to Read a Scientific Paper for some tips on how to read a research paper efficiently to make the most of the material in the least amount of time!
Skills Builder 2: Writing an Annotated Bibliography
a. Find the Resources on Annotated Bibliographies in the Northcentral Writing Center.
The Northcentral Writing Center offers a wealth of resources for dealing with every academic writing need, from formulating a topic for a paper, to preparing an outline, developing an argument, and preparing a reference list.
Visit the Writing Center and explore the links under the topic headings, “Conducting Research” and “Forms of Writing” that explain the annotated bibliography which synthesizes and presents research in a concise manner. You will use this information to create an annotated bibliography for this activity.
b. Review these Instructions on How to Construct an Annotated Bibliography Entry.
You will see that in addition to the publication information (author, title, etc.), there are four main sections in an annotated bibliography entry. Each section effectively summarizes a key section of a journal article and is essential to the overall format.
The resources listed above for this assignment give additional guidance on writing an annotated bibliography. You will write many annotated bibliography entries during your doctoral studies. They are the building blocks of your dissertation research. Preparing an annotated bibliography is an excellent way to take study notes as well as to keep a careful record of what you read for your own future writings and research.
Note: The material in your Annotated Bibliography needs to be written after a careful reading of the article itself, and not just the abstract. Further, the Annotated Bibliography follows the same Academic Integrity regulations as other documents so ensure that you carefully paraphrase, or, if you need to, use quotes. The second most frequent Academic Integrity violations are given for poorly prepared annotated bibliographies.
Main Task: Prepare an Annotated Bibliography
Using the guidelines and resources you have reviewed, create an Annotated Bibliography consisting of the two articles listed as resources for this Activity: Lai, I. W., & Lam F. S. (2010) and Kozub, R. M. (2010).
Length: 2 entries. Approximately 2-3 pages.

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