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Research Paper: Abstract/ Annotated Bibliography Instructions
An abstract is a 1-paragraph summary of the paper that does not exceed 250 words. Do not indent the first line in abstracts and do not include citations. The abstract must be flush with the left margin and double-spaced.
Graduate students often struggle with learning how to write in APA format. One of the best ways to learn APA format is to seek assistance from university writing centers. This study examined the improvement in writing exhibited by a sample of one hundred students in a graduate writing course. Fifty students relied on “self-taught” APA format resources provided by the university and fifty students received assistance from the university writing center. The students receiving assistance from the writing center made 25% fewer errors on the exit essay than the group using only the “self-taught” resources. The results indicate that university writing centers can be more helpful in learning APA format than relying on “self-taught” resources.
An annotated bibliography is a collection of a minimum of 10 one-paragraph summaries of research articles that you intend to use in the final paper. The articles must be current or dated within the past 10 years. The ability to use resources older than 10 years is left to the discretion of the instructor.
Do not paste the article abstract in the paper. Annotations must be your own summary of the article. The summary must include the findings of research that was included in the article. Do not simply say the authors conducted a study without providing as summary of the findings.
The annotations include the full current APA-formatted citations of the source, and the annotations are listed in alphabetical order based on the first author’s last name. The assignment must include a title page in current APA format.
Grice, R. (2011). The value of university writing centers. Journal of Counseling, 23(1), 56–58.
University writing centers can be very helpful in learning APA format. Grice found in a study of 100 graduate students in a graduate-level writing course that those receiving assistance from the university writing center demonstrated marked improvement by reducing errors by 25% in comparison to the “self-taught” group. The author concludes that university writing centers can be very helpful to graduate students.
1. Include a current APA-formatted title page with all of the required components.
2. List the annotations in alphabetical order according to the first author’s last name.
3. All sources must be from academic and peer-reviewed journals or books such as the course resources.
4. Resources must be dated within the past 10 years unless permission to use older resources is given by the instructor.