Outline and Annotated Bibliography For Sources & Destinations Essay

 

Sources & Destinations Essay

 

This assignment asks you to produce a research-based essay on something you use/consume routinely in your daily life. This can be a food item, a type of fuel, or something more durable, such as an article of clothing or an electronic device. The possibilities are limitless. Your job is to account as thoroughly as possible for this item’s contribution to your overall ecological footprint. To do this, you will need to research information such as where it comes from, how and by whom it is made, the origins of its raw material inputs, packaging, and how (and how far) it travels to reach you. You will also want to account for what happens to this item when you finish with it.

 

Your essay should relate explicitly to principles and practices of sustainability as explored in this course. Essays must consider both the item’s physical impact on the earth and the positive and/or negative impacts the item has on human communities involved in and affected by its production, transport, and/or disposal. You must choose to emphasize either the physical or the social, rather than both. You are expected to also convey an awareness of the other’s impacts (i.e., if you focus on the physical, you must convey an awareness of the social, and vice-versa). All essays should also explore and address more sustainable alternatives to the item under consideration.

 

Your audience for this essay is an intelligent general readership. The essay should be between 2000 and 3000 words long (that’s 7 to 10 pages of double-spaced text if you’re using standard one inch margins and 12 point font). In addition, your essay must include a bibliography (using MLA or APA format) of all sources cited with information drawn from each of the following source categories (the guidelines below are a minimum):

  • 2 scholarly sources from books and/or peer-reviewed journals
  • 3 high quality and reliable websites —Wikipedia will NOT be accepted as a credible source
  • 3 other high quality and reliable sources of your choice

 

Learning Objectives

 

  • To develop research skills within the field of sustainability studies and use these skills to heighten your awareness of your own ecological footprint.
  • To use written communication skills to inform others about ways consumption practices in the developed world can affect the earth and other humans.
  • To think critically about the environmental and social implications of your own and others’ habits.

 

The Sequence

 

The structure of the assignment helps to support your development of ideas for this project over the duration of the course. Here’s the sequence:

 

Ecological Footprint Reading and Quiz—Discuss in class on 5/21.

 

Topic Exploration (posted to Blackboard by before class on 5/28)—Preliminary list of sources (at least six per topic) and reflection on two possible topics. Two double-spaced pages, 20 points possible.

 

Outline and Annotated Bibliography (posted to Blackboard by 11:00 p.m. on 6/4)— 80 points possible.

 

  • Outline (2 pages) –
    • This should include main sections of your essay as well as sub-topics you will address under each section. It should provide a clear roadmap of the paper you will submit.
  • Annotated Bibliography –
    • This portion of the assignment will supply the sources used in developing and defining your topic and paper. Your annotated bibliography should convincingly demonstrate that your paper will be based on sound, high-quality, and thorough research. Additionally, it must include, at minimum, the number and type of sources as detailed above on page 1. Please label each source by type (ie, scholarly, high quality web site, other)
    • An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents formatted properly using MLA or APA format. Each citation is followed by a brief, 1- to 2-paragraph description of the source’s argument, relevance, accuracy, and quality, which is the annotation. For more guidance on annotations, please see the following website:

 

http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/skill28.htm

 

Full Essay (posted to Blackboard by 5 p.m. on 6/14)—Your grade will be based on the criteria below. 2000 words minimum, 100 points possible.

 

Evaluation Criteria

 

  1. Does the author know enough about the concepts and issues he/she is addressing to write about them with authority? Has he/she researched the topic with sufficient thoroughness? Has he/she done the right kinds of research?

 

  1. Has the author framed the topic effectively? Does he/she deal with the topic in sufficient depth? Does the essay address both physical and social impacts of the item under consideration? Does the essay explore/address more sustainable alternatives to the item under consideration?

 

  1. Does the essay employ an effective rhetorical strategy? Does the opening hook the reader? Does the body of the essay continue to engage the reader? Does the essay end effectively?

 

  1. Is the essay well organized?

 

  1. Is the essay between 2000 and 3000 words long?

 

  1. Has the author paid attention to writing technique? Is the language fresh, vivid, and detailed? Is the piece well-written, with few (if any) distracting errors of mechanics, grammar, syntax, spelling, etc.?

 

  1. Has the author used sources correctly by providing in-text parenthetical references to sources for all quotations, paraphrases, and data used in the essay along with a bibliography in a standard documentation format (APA or MLA) of all sources used for the piece?

 

 

Topics Exploration (20 points)

Criteria Comments Points
Topic 1 (8 points)
Topic clearly defined  
Exploration of pros
Exploration of cons
6 properly cited sources
Topic 2 (8 points)
Topic clearly defined  
Exploration of pros
Exploration of cons
6 properly cited sources
Format (4 points)
Composition/grammar  
Length
Total points (out of 20)  

 

Outline and Annotated Bibliography (80 points)

Criteria Comments Points
Outline Content (30 points)
Main topics, sub-topics addressed
Demonstration of research

·   On “source(s)”, and

·   On “destination(s)”

Developed focus on either environmental or social impact
Discussion of alternative impact (e.g. environmental or social)
Outline format (10 points)
2 pages, single spaced
Composition/grammar
Clear roadmap of the paper
Annotation of two scholarly sources (10 Points)
Properly labeled
Properly formatted
1-2 paragraph annotation describes:

·         Arguments

·         Relevance

·         Accuracy

·         Quality

Annotation of three websites (15 Points)
Properly labeled
Properly formatted
1-2 paragraph annotation describes:

·         Arguments

·         Relevance

·         Accuracy

·         Quality

Annotation of three other sources (15 Points)
Properly labeled
Properly formatted
1-2 paragraph annotation describes:

·         Arguments

·         Relevance

·         Accuracy

·         Quality

Total points (out of 80)  

 

Essay (100 points)

Criteria Comments Points
Essay Content (75 points)
Demonstration of authority

·   Knowledge of concepts

·   Thorough/sufficient research

·   Proper types of research

Framing of topic

·   Exploration of “source(s)”

·   Exploration of “destination(s)”

·   Focus on environmental or social impacts

·   Discussion of alternative impact (environmental or social)

·   Exploration of more sustainable alternatives

Effective rhetorical style

·   Opening hook

·   Engaging body that flows well

·   Effective ending

Essay format (25 points)
Organization
Length (2000-2500 words)
Language, grammar, composition
Properly formatted parenthetical citations and bibliography
Number and types of sources
Total points (out of 100)  

 

 

 

 
o This should include main sections of your essay as well as sub-topics you will address under each section. It should provide a clear roadmap of the paper you will submit.
• Annotated Bibliography –
o This portion of the assignment will supply the sources used in developing and defining your topic and paper. Your annotated bibliography should convincingly demonstrate that your paper will be based on sound, high-quality, and thorough research. Additionally, it must include, at minimum, the number and type of sources as detailed above on page 1. Please label each source by type (ie, scholarly, high quality web site, other)
o An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents formatted properly using MLA or APA format. Each citation is followed by a brief, 1- to 2-paragraph description of the source’s argument, relevance, accuracy, and quality, which is the annotation. For more guidance on annotations, please see the following website:

http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/skill28.htm

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