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Geography 127 Honors Project: Spring 2007 Choice of Topic Due by 1:00pm Thursday, 8.February.07 Rough Sample Entries Due by 1:00pm Thursday, 12.April.07 Final Copy Due by 1:00pm Tuesday, 01.May.07 For honors credit in Geography 127, you are asked to produce an annotated bibliography of ten academic sources related to a topic of your choice related to the course content. Your first step will be to come up with a topic and set of questions for a research paper that is somehow related to physical geography. Next, you will conduct research for that paper. Finally, instead of composing an actual research paper, we ask only that you produce an annotated bibliography of ten sources related to your topic. These sources can include books or academic journal articles. I ask that you include five academic journals in your research. No internet-only references can be accepted. The goals of the project are: (1) to give you a chance to explore a topic that you find particularly interesting; (2) to introduce you to the process of creating an annotated bibliography; (3) to introduce you to some fundamental research skills; and (4) to maybe even inspire you to carry on this research for a project in your future college career. What are annotated bibliographies and what purposes do they serve? An annotated bibliography is a list of sources on a given topic with a short paragraph describing each source’s content and relevance. They provide readers with two principal things: 1 . Just like regular bibliographies, annotated bibliographies provide lists of full bibliographic citations for each source they list. There are many styles and methods of proper citation, and different researchers use different styles for their citation methods. Admittedly, it can all get a bit confusing. For this project, we ask that you use the bibliographic format outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style (a manual for citations that you can find at any library on campus; an excerpt has been provided below). We all need to learn this skill sooner or later, so if you don't yet know how to go about creating bibliographic entries, this is a good opportunity to learn.
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