Agenda and Assignment for post spring break (due 3/24 by midnight)

  1. Elevator Pitch

Include the text you will use in your 30 second elevator pitch.  Pitch yourself looking for a job and include the research that you have done for this class.  If it helps use an imaginary job or include other work and school experience.  Be concise and time yourself.


  1. Include an Outline of your progress so far

Outline (Include headings, sub headings, and at least one sentence explaining what will go in each section)


Literature Review

Sub sections (how can you group your annotated bibliography)

Research Question argument

(This you might have changed from your proposal)

Data Collection

(what did you collect)

Data Analysis

(how did you analyze it )


(how did your data answer your research questions)

Data Presentation

(how will it be presented)

  1. Annotated Bibliography assignment

For your annotated bibliography, you will find, read, and evaluate a minimum of ten sources. At least half of these sources must be scholarly in nature (ie, articles from peer-reviewed journal, books published by an academic press); the other half can be from sources that you believe will further and enrich your project (newspaper, magazine, or other periodicals; trade or corporate publications; blogs; documentaries; etc).  For many of you, this is not your primary data collection, but your background/literature review – the amount of your final paper that this comprises will vary depending your project. But everyone will need a background/lit review, and everyone will incorporate academic research.

All sources need to be formatted to APA (American Psychological Association) guidelines – see helpful sites online, includingPurdue OWL for a handy primer. (If a different citation style is better suited to your field/research, talk to me beforehand). This matters. It’s filling in the blanks. Make sure it’s right, all the way through, for all of your sources.

That’s the bibliography portion. For the annotated portion, you include under each citation one or two paragraphs, in which you summarize the arguments and main points of the piece, evaluate the source for bias, quality, and reliability (this is mostly for non-academic citations), and describe how the source will contribute to your research. You should only be including and annotating sources that are relevant and useful and will contribute to the final project. You should have read all of your sources. By the time you’ve done all this, your literature review is basically finished. You will be an expert on this subject. You will know what you need to know on it. That’s what the annotated bibliography will tell me.  This is related to the week 2 assignment with the three sources, just include at least 7 more.

Parts 1, 2 and 3 are all due in a word document to blog by midnight 3/24.  Do not try and submit it on dropbox or ecollege.


About Jacob Sanchez

PhD student in Library and Information Science at Rutgers University. Visiting Instructor at Trinity University. @jacobsanchez

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