Overview and Annotated Bibliography
Part 1 of the Final Project includes both an overview of the research project and an annotated bibliography. In the overview section, you must identify the criminal justice reform that will serve as the basis for your research project and briefly describe what specific areas or topics will be included as part of the examination of this criminal justice reform. The overview section should be no more than two pages in length.
The annotated bibliography must include a minimum of six scholarly resources that you plan to utilize in the research paper. Each resource must be formatted per APA (6th ed.) guidelines and include a brief description of the information included in the resource and why it is relevant to the research project. You will be allowed to utilize more scholarly resources in the final research paper as appropriate. The intent of the annotated bibliography is to demonstrate that you are headed in the right direction with your research for the paper.
Part 1 of the Final Project should be approximately 4–5 pages in length (2 page overview, with the rest dedicated to the annotated bibliography), not counting the cover and reference pages. Please review the general guidelines for papers to obtain a description of other formatting requirements.
You cannot use any Wiki, Ask.Com, dictionaries of any kind, or encyclopedias of any kind. You can use online resources, journal articles, and/or books. The annotated bibliography will ensure two things; first, is that there are enough credible resources to utilize in the development of your research paper, and second, you are headed in the right direction with your research paper.
Your annotated bibliography should:
- Summarize the sources: What are the main arguments? What is the point of this book or article? What topics are covered? If someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say?
- The annotations for each source should be written in paragraph form. Do not exceed 300 words per annotation. Try to be concise and succinct.
- Be formatted per APA (6th ed.) guidelines