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Learning Outcomes

The assignment supports ACRL Standard 2 stating, "The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently".

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    Your Assignment

    Students will construct an annotated bibliography for a topic/question related to accounting.    An annotated bibliography is a list of citations of articles, books, and other publications on a particular topic. Each citation is followed by a relatively brief paragraph that summarizes the source’s argument and other relevant material including its intended audience, sources of evidence, and methodology. The assignment will be started in class and completed outside of class. Before beginning the assignment, please read the rubric for the assignment.

    Using two scholarly articles, each student will create a “summarizing” annotated bibliography for an  “accounting topic” selected.

    Summarizing annotations in general have a couple of defining features:

    • They sum up the content of the source, as a book report might.
    • They give an overview of the arguments and proofs/evidence addressed in the work and note the resulting conclusion.
    • They do not judge the work they are discussing.
    • When appropriate, they describe the author’s methodology or approach to material. For instance, you might mention if the source is a case study.

    For the assignment, students will:

    • Select a relevant accounting topic (suggested topics are listed are on the box on the left)
    • Select 2 relevant sources from those identified in the search exercise. The sources should be scholarly.
    • Properly cite each source in MLA format.
    • Write an annotation for each source. The one-paragraph, single-spaced annotation should succinctly summarize the source’s argument, sources of evidence, and methodology.



    Assignment Rubric

    To get full five points you must get maximum points for each criteria. So to get perfect 5 score, you need a 2.5 for summary, 1.5 for sources, and 1 point for formatting.









    Citation is not formatted properly. MLA style is violated for both citations.


    .5 (10%)

    Citation is formatted correctly for at least one of the annotations.



    Citations are formatted accurately. MLA format is without error.





    Both sources are not scholarly. But articles are relevant.


    .75 (15%)

    At least one source is scholarly.


    1.5 (30%)

    All sources are scholarly and relevant to topic.





    Summary does not identify author's argument or methodology in either summary. Yet,a relevant idea from one article is noted.


    1.75 (35%)

    At least one summary identifies author's argument and methodology.


    2.5 (50%)

    Both summaries identify author's argument and methodology.


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