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Databases Shown in Class

Links to databases:

1. Opposing Viewpoints

2. SIRS Researcher

3. eLibrary




Civics in Action 

Researching Your Focus Issue

Part 1: The Annotated Bibliography

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

A bibliography is a list of sources used in a research project. An annotated bibliography takes it further. In addition to listing each source, you also summarize the source, assess its reliability, and reflect on how the source will be useful for you in this project.

Your annotated bibliography will have [insert number here] entries total, one for each source you wish to use. If you found more than [insert number here] sources, choose [insert number here] for this annotated bibliography.

Each Entry Will Include:

1.  Bibliographic Citation

Using proper MLA format, state the title, author, publication date, etc.  [You may wish to insert links to sites that help with MLA formatting.]

2.  Summary 

Write a one-paragraph summary that includes all of the following:  

  • What is the topic of the article?  
  • What are the main points or arguments the author is making? 
  • What are 3 - 4 key facts or examples in this article?

3.  Reliability Assessment 

Write a one-paragraph assessment that includes all of the following:  

  • Who is the author, and what are his/her qualifications?  
  • Is the information current or outdated?  
  • What bias in this source should you be aware of?
  • What is the author’s purpose, and how might this affect the source’s reliability?


4.  Reflection 

Write a one-paragraph reflection that includes all of the following: 

  • How can you use this source in your research project?  
  • How does this source relate to our course question? (How should we balance the rights of individuals with the common good?)
  • What information or perspectives does this source not offer?

Sources should answer the following

  1. History behind your issue
  2. Who are the key players or organizations involved with your issue
  3. Perspectives on your issue 
  4.  Why should we be concerned about your issue?