Your submission must be original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that can be used as a guide.
You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.
Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in an assessment, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the assessment.
A. Compose an appropriate, arguable thesis statement that previews two to four main points and that you plan to use in your research paper.
B. Create an annotated bibliography of eight to ten appropriate, credible sources that you plan to use in your research paper.
Note: You may use the attached “Annotated Bibliography Template” to complete your annotated bibliography.
- Provide a full, APA-formatted reference citation for the 8–10 sources.
- Provide an annotation (suggested length of 150 words) for each of the 8–10 sources by doing the following:
a. Summarize the information presented in the source.
b. Analyze the credibility of the author of the source or of the publication (e.g. journal, publisher, or website), if no author is present.
c. Analyze the relevance of the source to your chosen research topic.
- Write each annotation in your own words, without the excessive use of direct quotation or extensive paraphrasing, for the 8–10 sources from part B.
C. Demonstrate professional communication in the content and presentation of your submission.
A: Thesis Statement
The thesis statement logically presents an arguable position on an appropriate research topic and previews 2–4 main points.
B: Number of Sources
The annotated bibliography contains 8–10 credible sources that are appropriate for the chosen research topic.
B1: Reference Citations
The reference citations for the 8–10 sources from part B are complete and demonstrate a consistent application of APA style.
B2A: Summary of the Source
The annotations for the 8–10 sources from part B logically and accurately summarize the information presented in that source.
B2B: Credibility of the Source
The annotations for the 8–10 sources from part B logically analyze the credibility of the source’s author or publication.
B2C: Relevance of the Source
The annotations for the 8–10 sources from part B logically analyze the relevance of the source to the candidate’s chosen research topic.
B3: Originality of Annotations
The annotations for the sources in part B are each written in the candidate’s own words and avoid excessive use of direct quotation or extensive paraphrasing.
C: Professional Communication
Content reflects attention to detail, is organized, and focuses on the main ideas as prescribed in the task or chosen by the candidate. Terminology is pertinent, is used correctly, and effectively conveys the intended meaning. Mechanics, usage, and grammar promote accurate interpretation and understanding.