Scholarly Research Requirements:
The News Report asked you to think like a journalist or a consumer of the news. Now, the Research Component asks you to think like a Women’s Studies’ scholar: How does the information reported in the news article connect to scholarly research in the field? What do scholars already know that can deepen our understanding of the information reported in the article?
This assignment will also provide an orientation to the interdisciplinary scholarly resources available for Women’s Studies’ students and scholars.
First (1), visit the Research Guide for Women’s Studies at the UMGC Library. Spend some time exploring the available resources.
To access the Research Guide for Women’s Studies
Click on “Resources” > “Library” from inside the LEO Classroom
Click on “Research Guides” in the tabs above the search box on the library search page
Click on “Select a Guide” and scroll down to “Research Guide for Women’s Studies”
Second (2), using any of the databases or eresources available in the Research Guide, research some aspect of your news article. You should be looking for scholarly resources. If the first database or set of resources returns few options or only news articles and not scholarly articles, choose another database. You could focus on the main topic of the article (such as the gender wage gap, or women in the military), on a specific person discussed in the article (such as an activist, or a politician), or on a location discussed in the article (such as women in the Midwest, or women in Nigeria), or on a related idea (such as the history of cosmetics, or female-centered religions). Remember to maintain a focus on a topic of interest to Women’s Studies.
Third (3), choose two of the scholarly resources you discover, and write an annotated bibliography of 500-800 words as described here. Chosen resources should be no more than 10 years old.
If you are unsure how to determine if a given resource is “scholarly” or not, here is a guide to evaluating resources: https://sites.umgc.edu/library/libhow/articles.cfm
If you need help formatting an Annotated Bibliography, here are two good resources:
How to Write an Annotated Bibliography at the UMGC Library [note that this assignment asks you to include bothtypes of annotations described here for each entry]
Annotated Bibliography Samples at the Purdue OWL
Your annotated bibliography should include
An introduction: Explain which topic you chose to explore and why, and how you used the Research Guide to find scholarly work on that topic. Remember to explicitly state the connection to the news article you chose for the News Report.
Two annotated bibliographic references. Each of these should include:
The full citation, properly cited in APA Style. Note that different types of publications (journal articles, encyclopedia entries, eBooks) will require different citation styles.
A 1-paragraph summary of the findings of the research. You should actually read both resources you present. This summary should be in your own words. Do not copy from the summary or abstract that appears in the online library reference listing.
A 1-2 paragraph evaluation of the resource. How does the news article confirm, complicate, illustrate, or otherwise relate to the news article? How does it deepen your understanding of the same subject as covered in the news article?
Part 2 of the Current Topic Project: Scholarly Research should demonstrate that you
can identify key subjects in a news article of interest to Women’s Studies scholars.
know how to find and navigate the Research Guide for Women’s Studies at the UMGC Library.
can locate and understand scholarly resources.
can write an organized, clear, detailed, and properly cited annotated bibliography.
Use APA Style to format the paper and all citations.
Here are some links to resources which cover the APA format:
Citation Guides for APA styles at the UMGC Library
While I am happy to answer questions about the assignment, I encourage you to make use of UMGC’s Effective Writing Center if you’d like detailed writing help or another set of eyes to look at your paper before you turn it in. The EWC will require a few days to review a draft, so you will need to finish the paper early if you want to submit it to them.
If you quote, paraphrase, or summarize your news article, or any other sources in addition to the two listed in your annotated bibliography, remember to cite them both in the text and in a References list at the end of the assignment.
There is a sample Scholarly Research paper attached to this assignment. It is not a perfect paper, but it is formatted correctly and contains all of the required elements. This sample is for informational use only. Your paper should be entirely your original work, even if on the same or a similar topic.
https://sites.umgc.edu/library/libhow/articles.cfm. For more information on A Woman Studies see this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_studies
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