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
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.
Your annotated bibliography should include
Part 2 of the Current Topic Project: Scholarly Research should demonstrate that you
Use APA Style to format the paper and all citations.
Here are some links to resources which cover the APA format:
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.
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