SPCH275 Public Speaking: Annotated Bibliography

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Week 3: Annotated Bibliography for Your Informative Speech

Our discussion this week brings us to the next step in preparation for your upcoming Informative Speech. In collaboration with your instructor and peers, you will be locating scholarly sources of research that you can use to support your topic and cite within your preparation outline. Be sure to read this week’s lesson about supporting your presentation with research.

You will prepare and share an annotated bibliography here in the discussion. You will also provide feedback on two classmates’ annotated bibliographies and receive feedback from your instructor and peers.

What is an annotated bibliography? An annotated bibliography is a list of citations of books, articles, and documents that may possibly be used for your speech. Each citation is followed by a descriptive and evaluative paragraph—the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to explain the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources.

Directions: Write an annotated bibliography for three scholarly sources in preparation for your Week 5 Informative Speech. Document the sources using APA seventh edition format. Alphabetize by author last name, double-space, and use the hanging indentation style as shown in the Week 3 Sample Annotated Bibliography Links to an external site..

As early in the week as possible, but no later than Wednesday, discuss the process you followed in locating sources that will be useful for your Informative Speech topic.  If you are having any challenges locating materials, describe what support you need from your peers and instructor. We will do our best to assist.

Deliverable by Friday this week: Attach your Annotated Bibliography to your discussion post as a Microsoft Word file (not a PDF or a MAC .pages file) to the discussion no later than Friday this week.

  1. Organize the three sources in alphabetical order by author last name. Cite the book, article, or document using APA seventh edition style. Note in the Sample Annotated Bibliography the use of hanging indent style and double-spacing for the citations and how the annotations are aligned with hanging indent.
  2. Write an annotation for each source that summarizes the central theme and scope of the book or article, gives information about the author, and tells how you might use this information in your speech for each of the three sources.
    • Paragraph 1: First, summarize the source. This is the annotation. Be sure to write the summary in your own words and not copy from the article abstract to avoid plagiarism. Second, evaluate the authority or background of the author. What makes them an authority or expert on this subject? You may have to search beyond the article to find out more about your author.
    • Paragraph 2: Explain specifically how this work might be used in your speech. For example, it would be good for background, good for discussion of different viewpoints (state what they are), good for valuable facts and statistics, a good summary to help with your conclusion, good quotations from experts in the field, and so forth.


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