CCT109 Contemporary Communication Technologies
Critical Annotated Bibliography
Due Date: May 23rd, uploaded to Quercus before midnight
The Critical Annotated Bibliography should serve as the first step for the two-part
assignment that concludes with the 5-page Research Essay. The Critical Annotated
Bibliography will consist of the initial research stage of the assignment and it will be
comprised of 5 critical summaries of articles that should be incorporated into your
Research Essay. With this assignment, you will include a research topic statement that
provides structure and coherence for your bibliographic entries. Your entries should
ideally be related to each other and to the larger research topic you have chosen. It
should also ideally both provide a ‘snapshot’ of the research literature and an indication
of what your Research Essay will comprise of.
Assignment Requirements.
1. APA formatted Title Page
2. Research topic statement (2-3 sentences)
3. Annotated bibliography entries (x5)
4. APA formatted References page
5. Formatted in APA style: double-spaced on standard-sized paper (8.5″ x 11″) with 1″
margins on all sides, 12 pt. Times New Roman font
6. Abstract, page headers and section headings, appendix, and keywords are not
required for this assignment
7. 10% late penalty per day after May 24th.
Annotated Bibliography entries.
1. Entries are between 250-300 words each (x5).
2. Entries must be written on quality, peer-reviewed, academic articles (typically from a
scholarly journal).
3. Each entry must include at least 1 APA formatted in-text citation. This in-text citation
should be the article’s thesis statement or statement of intent.
4. Articles should be recent (ideally within the last 4-6 years—the more recent the better
for some technology related topics), relevant, and coherently related to your chosen
research topic. Your entries should also discuss the article’s main themes, methodology,
key findings and debates .
5. Articles should be related to one or more course concepts or themes. Your summary
of the articles should ideally attempt to demonstrate how it relates to the concerns of the
course and how you may use it for your Research Essay.
CCT109 Contemporary Communication Technologies
Critical Annotated Bibliography
Grading Rubric
A B C D F
Research
Topic
Statement
Exceptional
demonstration of a
concise research
topic with a clear,
thoughtful position
articulated.
Good demonstration of
a concise research
topic with a decent
position articulated on
the issue at hand.
Evident discussion topic
or thesis statement with
a position articulated on
the issue at hand, but
not as clear as it could
be.
Shows potential, but
discussion topic or
thesis statement with a
position articulated on
the issue at hand is
undeveloped.
No evident
research topic or
statement.
Bibliographic
Entries:
Research and
Annotation
Quality
Sources are recent,
relevant and
demonstrate a
strong
understanding of
the debates related
to the larger
literature.
The thesis or intent
has been clearly
identified and
described.
Descriptions of how
the articles’ relate to
the thesis
statement(s) is well
written and
cohesive.
Bibliography is
near-perfectly
formatted in APA
style.
Overall, appropriate
sources have been
selected.
The thesis or intent has
been identified.
Descriptions of how the
articles relate to the
thesis statement(s) are
reasonable.
Bibliography is
formatted in APA style
with only a few minor
errors.
Sources are inconsistent
in terms of quality and
should be more recent
and relevant.
The thesis or intent
could have been
identified more clearly.
Descriptions of how the
articles relate to the
thesis statement(s)
needs to be stronger.
APA bibliography
formatting contains
multiple errors.
Bibliography does not
include the 5 required
sources.
The majority of sources
are not quality peerreviewed, academic
sources.
The thesis or intent has
either not been
identified or is incorrect.
Descriptions of the
articles’ relevance to
your specific topic is
weak or incorrect.
APA bibliography is
poorly formatted and
contains multiple errors.
Sources are of
poor academic
quality. The
reasons you
provide for
including them
demonstrate an
inadequate
understanding of
both the topic
and the broader
body of literature.
They should be
changed for the
next assignment.
No indication that
APA formatting
conventions were
followed. Please
consult an APA
style guide for
future
assignments.
Writing and
APA
Formatting
Technically, the
assignment is
excellent: well
organized, well
written, free from
errors, spellchecked and
proofread.
Whole essay is
correctly formatted
in APA.
Technically, the
assignment is well
organized, well written,
and contains only minor
errors.
Minor issues with:
(i) In-text citations
(ii) Assignment
formatting
The assignment does
not meet expectations in
one or more of the
following: organization
and structure, writing
and expression, errors
(typos and
proofreading).
Several issues with:
(i) In-text citations
(ii) Assignment
formatting.
The assignment is
undermined by poor
ability in the following
areas: organization and
structure, writing and
expression, errors
(typos and
proofreading).
Major issues with:
(i) In-text citations
(ii) Assignment
formatting
Please consider
seeking help from
either the course
writing instructor
or the Robert
Gillespie
Academic Skills
Centre for future
assignments.
No evident use of
APA citation
style.

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