Annotated Bibliography (7.5%)

This assignment helps you to start a literature review.  Since all students will be participating, it will be easier to learn more about your topic.  This assignment has two parts.

Part I: Finding Ten References (2.5%)

Assessment:  Your grade will be based on the references you find (whether they are appropriate, correctly formatted, etc.) and on sharing your references with your fellow classmates.

  1. Using the library's databases, find ten journal references to help you answer your research question.  Remember, these sources must be refereed journal articles; they may NOT be from popular magazines, newspapers, books, etc.  If you are not sure, check with me or a librarian.  As you conduct your search, complete the Bibliography Worksheet.  You’ll be citing this in APA citation style so if the databases provides you with options, you may wish to copy/paste/save the appropriate style somewhere.
  2. When you've completed the worksheet and found all your references, create a sub-page under your own student page entitled "Bibliography Worksheet-your name."  You may use the bibliography worksheet template to create this page.  Paste the 10 references you found here so that I can give you credit for this portion of the assignment.
  3. Also paste your 10 references into the Annotated Bibliography page under Assignments.
  4. The references here will be the basis of Assignment 2.3 and your final bibliography for your final paper.  Remember that your 10 references MUST be correctly formatted. 

Part II: Annotating Two Articles (5%)

Assessment:  Your grade will be based on how well you’re able to succinctly summarize the article.  As usual, grammar and other writing elements are important.

  1. Then create a new page titled “Annotated Biblio – Your Name” and make sure that it’s placed under your student page.
  2. Next, go to the Annotated Bibliography page and select two references to annotate or summarize— make sure you let your fellow classmates know which paper you intend to read.  .  For full credit, you MUST actually obtain a copy of the article AND upload the article to your website's File Cabinet.  I realize that unless the source is actually in Hunter’s collection, YOU will have to use outside means to acquire it.  It is unfair for me to require you to leave Hunter to obtain a source, but given the Interlibrary Loan amongst other resources, it's unlikely that you will actually have to leave Hunter.  Try to obtain the resource as a PDF file.
  3. Writing Your Summaries: You may NOT copy the abstract given to you by the computer; nor may you copy the abstract provided by the article.  You are responsible for reading the material and submitting your own abstract – anything else WILL be considered plagiarism.  The content for both summaries must be presented as follows:
    • What is the specific topic under discussion in your article?
    • What is the methodology used by the author(s) to conduct the research?  If the they used a sample, what was the sample, how many people, where did the participants come from?
    • What were the authors findings, suggestions recommendations, and/or conclusions?
    • Provide at least one quote from the article in your abstract (see below for an example).
    • How do you think the information in this article fits into your final paper?  Do not simply write that you plan to use to article; I know that!  Tell me HOW you plan to use the article.
Please notice that your opinion of the article is not important in the summary.  Here, you are to present the article and how you plan to use it.  Do NOT approach this assignment as though it were a reaction paper. 

Share your summary of the article with your colleagues by pasting your summary into the Annotated Bibliography page under Assignments in your class website.  (yes, this page will get long, but you can see that this lays the foundation for your literature review in your final paper)

Bowles, D. D. (1993).  Biracial identity:  Children born to African American & White couples.  Clinical Social Work Journal, 21, 417-428.


            As part of our research topic, I wanted to know the coping strategies of biracial children.  Society suggests that biracial children do not "fit in" and therefore have to choose one race or the other to reflect their personal/individual culture.  This article discusses how biracial children view themselves and how "one drop of black blood" identifies them as an African American.  It also talks about the emotional situations faced by biracial children.

            Dorcas D. Bowles dedicated ten years of clinical practice examining ten young adult children of mixed parentage.  He studied both cases where the parents were white females and black males and the reverse, black females and white males.

             Bowles found that interracial children have a hard time identifying who they are.  They go through a process of shame and guilt because often one race, usually white, is neglected.  Denying half of one’s heritage was found to be stress inducing.  More specifically, "...all of the young adult children from these relationships were confused and felt uncomfortable identifying with one side of the parental line against the other" (Bowles, 1993, p. 421).  According to Bowles, biracial children may be ashamed or even feel certain limitations. 

            Inclusion of this article will help our research project by developing “success” and “failure” stories of children dealing with issues around their biracial status.  More specifically, through this article we will highlight the feelings of alienation and abandonment felt by some, though by no means all, biracial children.