For the written project and 80% of your course grade (two drafts at 20% each plus the final version at 40%), evaluate a variety of library resources by means of an annotated bibliography. Our focus throughout the course and for this project is on library research methods rather than the results of your searching efforts (i.e. the mining tools, drills and pickaxes rather than the scholarly gems that you'll ultimately seek with these tools as the basis for term papers, theses, etc.). Refer to the syllabus and individual class presentations to see examples of material that should be considered. While you may include materials that you have located in your research, the focus is on your evaluation of the library research tools you used to find them. One way to demonstrate the usefulness of a tool is to provide examples of the material you found with it, but most important in annotations are critical, comparative and evaluative statements about the bibliographic tools themselves. This is not a scavenger hunt, but is intended to be useful and have lasting value for your own work. You will bring together a number of disparate resources and demonstrate the relative value of these tools after you have employed them to advance your research. Use an abstract, the selections themselves and your critical, discursive annotations to assist you in providing a cohesive, contextual, narrative perspective to tie everything together.
Previous final project submissions (here and here) are available in the UF Institutional Repository. An extra credit bonus of 5 points is available if you self-submit your project there. Note that you'll need prior approval to do this (it just takes an email and a day to get it done).
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