Welcome to the SOC 318 Course Guide!
Here you'll find information on ASA citation style, Annotated Bibliographies, and how to use the Paul Meek Library to locate scholarly resources.
Annotated Bibliography Defined
Annotated Bibliographies gives researchers a great option for organizing research and sources, giving you a place to summarize your resources and store your thoughts on the credibility and usefulness of those sources. The annotated bibliography consists of a citation (the bibliographic entry) and the summary/evaluation (the annotation).
While you can use various reference management tools (paid and free), annotated bibliographies can be created with any word processing tool, such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Open Office, or others.
For the purposes of this class, your citation should be in ASA (American Sociological Association) Style. See the first column on this page for more information on this style. Also, be sure to pay attention to your syllabus, assignment, and professor's requirements for formatting.
Your assignment requires three paragraphs for each source:
*A note on why citations are great
Citations do help you avoid plagiarizing, by giving credit where credit is due. However, they also put you in the position of the most recent speaker in an ongoing academic discussion. Citations allow researchers to trace back this conversation all the way to the beginning. In some fields, this conversation stretches back decades, even centuries. So, citations are certainly more important than you might initially believe. They help situate your voice in this ongoing discussion.