Hi, An assignment with all details (Format, resources, how it should be written..) in the attachment, with a sample. – Please note that you definitely must stick to the rules about the format & the resources. Especially the resources, “Your
sources should include at least one print source, one web site, and one article found using
the Lexis/Nexis database”. – your work must have a really good thesis statement “professor thinks it’s the most important” – Make sure to not ask questions. instead, just tell the problem. I need it ASAP the deadline is 6 pm on monday “Pacific time”
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Research Paper Project: Annotated Bibliography
ASSIGNMENT: Prepare a two-page annotated bibliography of research on a specific
topic related to a mass media problem. Include 4-6 credible, verifiable sources. Your
sources should include at least one print source, one web site, and one article found using
the Lexis/Nexis database.
TOPIC: Research a problem which relates to one or more of the mass media covered in
class. Be able to identify this problem with a specific thesis sentence. I expect you to
include this sentence at the top of your annotated bibliography.
Digital Video Recorders are making it harder for advertisers to reach consumers.
Illegal file-sharing is causing the recorded music industry to shrink.
Do not exceed two pages, and do not double-space the document. Include your name,
class timeincluding the days of the week that the class meets–and due date at the top of
the page, as well as the sentence that expresses your topic. Organize your bibliographic
information according to MLA format.
You will be graded on the following aspects of your paper.
1.) Mechanics (spelling, punctuation, MLA format, etc.)
2.) Following Directions (How well does your paper conform to the directions presented
3.) Analysis and understanding of research and mass media topic
For information about annotated bibliographies, you might check the following web site:
How To Prepare An Annotated Bibliography
For information about MLA citations, you might check out the following web site:
Purdue Online Writing Lab
(Remember that you are not doing in-text parenthetical citations for this project, you
simply need to structure each bibliography entry according to MLA style.)
? Avoid plagiarism! Your annotations should be your own, original work.
? The research that you find should be credible and appropriate for college work.
? Your textbook will not count as your print source, nor will any book you read for
extra credit in this class.
? Do not choose as your topic any of the sample topics presented in this paper or as
examples in class.
? You are expected to read completely any work that you are annotating. (Or
view/listen completely if its non-text based media, such as a documentary film.)
? The goal here is to access and evaluate research about a media problem, not to
find examples of the problem.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: Can we use quotations in our annotations?
A: You may make very minimal use of direct quotation only when absolutely necessary
to support a point you are making.
Q: Will you read my paper and give me feedback on it before I turn in the assignment?
A: No. For this assignment, think of me as the client who should see your best work, not
as a coach who will tell you what to do.
Q: This isnt an English class, its a Communication/Journalism class; why do you care
so much about spelling and grammar?
A: I care because this is a college class. College students should develop the ability to
produce error-free written work.
Q: Do I have to turn in the research that I find along with the paper?
A: No, you will only be submitting the two-page annotated bibliography to me.
Q: How will you know which source is our print source, web site, and electronic
A: MLA guidelines stipulate a different format for different types of sources, so if you
are formatting your bibliography correctly, Ill be able to tell. For example, I ask that you
include an Accessed date for web and electronic sources, but do not include this for
Q: Should we include every URL (web address)?
A: You should include a URL for your web sites; you should not include a URL for
articles you found in an electronic database.
Q: Is there anything else you want to tell us about this assignment?
A: Yes! I encourage you to choose a topic that interests you. I encourage you to very
detail-orientedmake sure that you are including every required component and
following all of the directions. And: I look forward to reading your work!
CMST 180: Mon/Wed 2:20pm-3:45pm
Overpriced textbooks are costing college students a fortune.
Mui, Ylan Q., and Kinzie, Susan Break on Cost of Textbooks Unlikely Before Last
Bell, 2010 The Washington Post 20 Aug. 2008. 30 Nov. 2009.
Mui and Kinzie point out that Congress has passed legislation that will force textbook
publishers to give out information about their prices and also require that they sell
textbooks separately from packaged ones that come with the CDs and workbooks. The
unfortunate problem is that these new provisions wont take effect until the year 2010. In
the year 2008 the sales of used textbooks grew 15 percent from the previous year, and
double-digit growth is expected through the year 2011. Publishers, meanwhile, are saying
that textbooks are not overpriced. They argue that the development of a new textbook is
costly and the return value is unknown, so they build the risk they take into their prices.
Publishers have acknowledged the cost and are doing what they can to reduce them.
Perkins, Miki. Redundant textbooks force pupils to turn over new leaf The Age
(Australia). 16 Jan. 2009: Pg.4. LexisNexis, Orange Coast College, Costa
Mesa, CA. 30 Nov. 2009. .
Perkins provides examples to support that claim that discontinued editions of textbooks
are making the cost of an education go up. Textbook publishers are releasing new
editions of textbooks at a high rate of speed causing the old editions to become out of
date. This forces students to pay for the newly released editions. For example, math
concepts have not changed for hundreds of years yet textbook companies find reasons to
constantly create new editions that include better graphics and some computer software
which will drive the cost of the book up. Many feel that these updates are unnecessary.
Rucker, Philip Lawmakers Study Ways to Cut Cost of Textbooks The
Washington Post 30 Jan. 2008. 1 Dec. 2009.
Maryland lawmakers support the idea of passing legislation that would create more
affordable textbooks to students, writes Rucker. The agreements made between
bookstores and universities are being scrutinized because they are the ones profiting off
of the book sales. Barnes and Noble, who operate the official campus bookstore for the
University of Maryland, are authorized to sell the books up to 25% above the wholesale
price. This is unfair for the students who are required to buy the books. The prices for
textbooks have become a burden for students, and lawmakers are looking to take away
that burden by figuring out how to reduce costs.
Samuels, Tanyanika. Students weighed down by textbook costs Daily News. 15
April 2008: Pg.1. LexisNexis. Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA. 30
Nov. 2009. .
Samuels writes for this New York-based newspaper about a study that showed students
are spending an average of $1,000 per year just on college textbooks alone. The article
quotes a spokesperson from the New York Public Interest Research Group who states the
cost of textbooks is being overlooked because all textbooks generally cost a lot of money;
however, she points out that they should not cost nearly as much as they do. The study
also found that 57% of faculty believe that the textbooks available are published too often
when there are few variations made. Federal and state lawmakers have noticed this
problem and are considering creating bills that would focus on the issue.
Unknown. That Book Costs How Much? The New York Times. 25 April 2008:
Pg.26. LexisNexis, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA. 30 Nov. 2009.
This editorial claims that the price of textbooks has gone up due to marginally useful
CD-ROM features and other unneeded supplements. There is a pending bill in Congress
that would force the publishers of textbooks to sell versions that come without all of the
bells and whistles and require them to list the book prices in their marketing material so
professors would have the opportunity to choose the less pricey options, if they were so
inclined. The editorial points out that there are other options available, such as digital
versions of some textbooks that can often be found online for free. Digital forms are also
easy to customize and update if need be.
Unknown “The rising cost of college textbooks: [HOME EDITION]. ” Los Angeles
Times 12 Nov. 2006: pg. M.5.
This editorial brings light to the fact that the rising costs for a higher education are
making students seek alternative ways to reduce the price. The cost of textbooks is
impacting Californias community colleges in particular. Fifty percent of students at the
community colleges are low-income based and in programs that waive the tuition fees,
but leave them responsible for paying for their textbooks. Students have been left to find
alternative ways to get around these pricey situations. Some have gone to their colleges
library for photo copies, others have found ways to get pirated e-copies off of the
Internet, and many are finding cheaper versions by buying used copies. The Association
of American Publishers claims that book costs are not too high and that the College
Board over-estimates how much students are spending. The association also pointed out
that the publishers revisions that include the CDs and workbooks are to take advantage
of the new educational technologies available, not to boost their profits.
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