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ASC 101 Common Reading Research Guide 2015-2016: Hidden America: Home

This guide provides information about the common reading and annotated bibliography assignment for Introduction to University Life (ASC 101 and ASC Scholars). It includes valuable research tips and resources.

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Library Session Worksheets

These worksheets will be used during the library session.

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This guide is designed for first year students enrolled in ASC 101 & ASC 101 Scholars. 

The purpose of this guide is to assist students in navigating the research process and locate high quality, credible sources their evaluative annotated bibliography assignment.  Students will also learn valuable information about the Library's services, resources, collections, and research tools.  

Others are also invited to explore the information on these pages.

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

Relax! An annotated bibliography is NOT a full-blown research paper. 

To create an annotated bibliography first you list the complete publication information for the source. Then you write an "annotation," or brief note about the source, that summarizes the content, explains its usefulness to your research, evaluates its method, conclusions, or reliability, and/or records your reactions to the source. 

When you create an annotated bibliography, you will format the paper and the citations in a specified style such as Modern Languages Association (MLA) or American Psychological Association (APA). Most sections of ASC 101, will use MLA style.  Ask your instructor which style you should use.

Why is this one of the ASC 101 Assignments?

  • A common assignmentStudents working
  • Learn foundational skills for upper level courses
  • Prepare for ENG 101 & 102 assignments
  • Practice general writing skills
  • Acquire information literacy skills
  • Gain experience conducting research
  • Develop an awareness of library resources & services
  • Practice using MLA style
  • Sharpen critical thinking

More information and examples 

Handouts for the Common Reading Research Assignment

Below you will find the handouts for the library visit and the Common Reading Research Assignment, an annotated bibliography. Please talk with your instructor if you have any questions.

You may contact Ann Marie Smeraldi, First Year Experience Librarian, or Ben Richards, Reference Generalist Librarian, if you need help with your research.   

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Personal Librarian

Ann Marie Smeraldi
Michael Schwartz Library
RT 110E
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Personal Librarian

Ben Richards
Michael Schwartz Library
(216) 687-2291

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Nursing Students Using APA Citation Style

If you are a nursing student and your instrcutor has told you to use APA, refer to these annotated biblography examples.

If you are not sure, ask your instructor which style you should use.