Write your topic idea. Why do you think your topic is an example of a “turning point in American History between 1600-1920”? Remember, it is my suggestion that you focus your topic on events we covered more recently in class, 1800-1920 (15pts.)
2. What is your working title (and subtitle, if appropriate)? (5pts.)
3. What presentation format have you chosen? (5pts.)
An annotated bibliography contains all the sources that provide information for your research project.
It differs from a regular bibliography in that each entry includes a brief explanation about how the source was used, how it helped you understand your topic, and whether it is a primary or secondary resource.
This explanation is normally about 1-3 sentences long.
Weinberg, Steve. Taking on the Trust: The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller . 1st ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 2008.
Ida Tarbell confronted practices of the Standard Oil Company run by John D. Rockefeller. Her exposé resulted in the Supreme Court breaking up the monopoly. This secondary account was important to my paper because it showed how unfair monopolies hindered the growth of smaller businesses.
Primary Source is defined as a “first hand account” such as diaries, journals, or anything written that would tell a story as it happens.
For example: Ms. Schweighardt writes a book about her life!
Secondary Source is defined as a “second hand account” such as a biography, news story, magazine article, anything that tells the story from someone who did not experience the event or story first hand.
For example: Ms. Sandford writes a book about Ms. Schweighardt’s life.
Remember, although you will probably look at many more sources than you actually use, you should only list those sources that you used to develop your project.
Use www.easybib.com to help you format your citation into MLA format. All you need is the source information, plug it into the information fields, and easybib will create a citation format you can copy and paste.
For further help with MLA formatting go to the Purdue Univeristy Onine Writing Lab: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ This will help you with formatting citations.
This site also provides links to information which will help you write your citations correctly:
If you have an issue or get stuck, please notify your teacher immediately.
The sooner we know that something is wrong, the sooner we can figure it out.
Please remember to stick to the deadlines for each assignment. Leaving this work to do all at once will make a very approachable assignment difficult, to say the least, and will certainly effect the quality of your work. DON’T LET IT HAPPEN.
We have built plenty of time into the schedule for this Project for you to make revisions and conduct research, please make sure you use your time wisely.
We look forward to seeing you work progress and viewing your final product. Have fun, and let us know how we can help.
2.01 Choosing a Research Topic - 2/18 2.03 The Annotated Bibliography – 2/23 2.04 The Research Journal (Different than the Research Paper) - 3/7 2.04 Research Paper (Project) along with a regular bibliography - 3/11