Theories Behind The Los Angeles Riots
Part 2: Annotated Bibliography: An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually
under 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph: the annotation. Annotations are descriptive and critical; they expose the author’s point of view,
authority, and clarity and appropriateness of expression. Annotations are not simply copying abstracts.
Depending on the assignment, the annotated bibliography may serve a number of purposes, including reviewing the literature on a particular subject, illustrating
the quality of research you have done, providing examples of the types of resources available, describing other items on a topic that may be of interest to the
reader, or exploring the subject for further research. Your purpose here is to prepare to complete a final research paper that addresses two major questions:
1. How does the literature in social cognition and perception help explain a real-world event?
2. Based on the literature, how could this event have happened differently had it occurred in a different culture?
To successfully complete the annotated bibliography, you should locate three quality research articles that you could potentially include in your final paper. The
articles should be from the last three years. Choose works that provide a variety of perspectives on your topic. In your annotation, you should pay attention to
the points listed below.
For Part 2: Annotated Bibliography, specifically the following critical elements must be addressed:
? Summarize the central theme of the resource.
? Include a paragraph in which you do the following:
o Evaluate the author’s authority or background.
o Explain how this resource will work in conjunction with other cited works to illuminate the research topic.
The detailed outline and annotated bibliography is due in Module Five.
Sample Annotated Bibliography of a Journal Article: The following example shows what your final product for each resource should look like. The example
employs APA style.
Goldschneider, F. K., Waite, L. J., & Witsberger, C. (1999). Nonfamily living and the erosion of traditional family orientations among young adults.
American Sociological Review, 51, 541–554.
The authors, researchers at the Rand Corporation and Brown University, use data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Men and Young
Women to test their hypothesis that nonfamily living by young adults alters their attitudes, values, plans, and expectations, moving them away from
their belief in traditional sex roles. They find their hypothesis strongly supported in young females, while the effects were fewer in studies of young
males. Increasing the time away from parents before marrying increased individualism, self-sufficiency, and changes in attitudes about families. In
contrast, an earlier study by Williams (cited below) shows no significant gender differences in sex role attitudes as a result of nonfamily living.
Abstract from author:
Explores the consequences of time spent in nonfamily living, using data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Men and Young Women. It was
expected that living away from home prior to marriage would cause changes in attitudes, values, plans, and expectations. Data support this hypothesis
for young women; those who lived independently became more likely to plan for employment, lowered their expected family size, became more
accepting of employment of mothers, and were more nontraditional on sex roles in the family than those who lived with their parents. Nonfamily living
had much weaker effects on young men. The conditions under which living away increased individualism are discussed.
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