Using Research to Support Academic & Professional Assertions
CM220M3-1: Conduct research to support assertions made in academic and professional situations. Assessment objective: An Annotated Bibliography allows you to organize your research on a topic and evaluate whether the sources you have found will be useful. For this Competency Assessment, you will create an Annotated Bibliography that reviews four sources related to an argument for change in your community or workplace. One of the sources in the Annotated Bibliography should address an opposing viewpoint or misconception related to your topic. It is recommended that you use the thesis statement you created for the second course assessment for CM220, but you may create a new thesis statement if you prefer. Be sure to include the thesis statement that will be supported by your research. Each annotation will be cited with a complete APA reference page citation for the source and a paragraph about each source that includes a summary of the source’s main idea, an evaluation of its credibility, and a discussion about the source’s usefulness to your argument. Directly below the APA reference for each source, provide an annotation paragraph that includes the following: A one-two sentence summary of the source (no direct quotes from the source) and a parenthetical citation after the summary, e.g., (Smith, 2014) Explanation of how the source meets credibility standards, including the author’s credentials and the verifiability of the source’s information; this should include where you found the source (Library, Google search engine, government website, etc.). Use the criteria covered in Evaluating Sources to guide your evaluation. Discussion about how you will use the source to support your argument for community change (this would include whether it poses a challenge to your argument that you will need to address). In this section, paraphrase a key point from the source that supports or challenges your thesis and include an in-text citation. At least one source should address an opposing viewpoint or misconception about your selected topic. One source should contain a visual component, such as a graph or video. You may select a variety of source types, but keep in mind that all sources should be credible based upon the criteria covered in this module. Types of sources that would be appropriate are as follows: Book, ebook, article, or a chapter from book or ebook Periodical (e.g., newspaper, magazine, journal article) Internet source (e.g., blog, organization website, article from Internet site) Video or audio source (e.g., documentary, video blog,TED Talks, podcast) A primary source in which the authors of the content are the primary researchers (the ones who conducted research), e.g., a government report, case study, or speech An interview with an expert source either published online or conducted by the student A visual or graphic source from a credible .org, .gov, or .edu site. Minimum Submission Requirements The following aspects are required for your Annotated Bibliography Competency Assessment: Title page in APA manuscriipt format. A persuasive thesis statement expressing an argument for change in your community or workplace. Four primary and secondary sources; one source should be from the Purdue Global Library and one source should be a visual or graphic source. Each source should be cited in APA Format. All writing must be in Standard English. Does not have significant errors in grammar, mechanics, or punctuation. Use manuscriipt format throughout the Assignment. To help you complete this Competency Assessment successfully, please review the resources noted below, including relevant articles from the Writing Center that discuss how to write an annotated bibliography, find/evaluate research, and use APA citations. "Using Sources" "Writing an Annotated Bibliography" "APA Common Citations" "Internet-Only Sources" "Plagiarism Information" If work submitted for this competency assessment does not meet the minimum submission requirements, it will be returned without being scored.

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