Using the internet or the library’s database, find and annotate six sources regarding the research topic of social networking (be sure to look ahead at Essay 3 assignment sheet). 

1.  One source must come  from Cnn.com or credible website.

2.  One article from a national newspaper

3.  The remaining four sources must come from credible sources –professional journals, peer reviewed articles, etc. 

DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER USING Wikipedia, or any other site like itJ.

Each annotation should include the following:

Title of site
Author of article
Web Address
Detailed summary of content  (a mimimum of two full paragraphs (8-10 sentences for each one)

Sample annotation: (This is how yours should look)


John Smith, contributing reporter


This article deals with the national response to the growing number of individuals involved in violent crimes/behaviors as a result of being overexposed to it through various media means.  From movies to television to videogames, people are becoming more violent on a daily basis.  Studies have actually shown that young adults have actually become desensitized to the levels of real violence as a direct result of video gaming.  The focus of this article leans towards possible remedies to the situation – from government intervention to public protests in Hollywood.  The author places a large part of the blame regarding this topic on parental involvement.

Additionally, … (remember, you will have two complete paragraphs for each source).




Here are a few examples of source annotations.  Please be sure to set your annotations up like these!  Thanks so much, everyone!

Example Citation of a Book by a Single Author

Kondracke, M. (2001). Saving Milly: Love, politics, and Parkinson’s disease. New York, NY: Public Affairs.

Morton Kondracke, currently a political analyst for Fox News, chronicles the 13-year ordeal he, his wife Milly, and his family have endured as Milly has fought against the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s disease. Although known primarily for his astute political analysis, Kondracke writes about Parkinson’s and the desperate efforts being made by activists to have more of the medical research funding funneled into the discovery of cures for Parkinson’s with the authority of someone who has been there and fought the fight. One of the possibilities being held out to sufferers is stem cell research, and this is detailed within the book. Although this work is not primarily about stem cell research, it has sections that would offer material that I would find very useful in my research as it points out the pros and cons of such research from the point of view of Kondracke, his wife, and other patients such as Michael J. Fox.

Example Citation of a Magazine Article by a Single Author

Hickey, J. G. (2001, April). Moral questions dog stem-cell research. Insight on the News. 21.

Some people feel that stem cell research is critical to developing treatments for Alzheimer’s and other diseases, while other individuals see such research as morally and ethically wrong. In some research communities, it is felt that such debate is becoming a moot point as these scientists are wondering whether the use of human embryos for such research is really necessary. As the fight continues for research dollars to find cures for such diseases as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the scientists who offer hope that stem-cell research can be conducted without utilizing embryonic cells are seen as being on the moral high ground. This article takes an interesting view of stem-cell research and makes the point that stem-cells can come from a number of places. Because of this view, I feel that this would be a worthwhile addition to my sources. It certainly offers food for thought.

Example Citation of an Online Article from a Government Agency

United States National Institute of Health. (2000). NIH publishes final guidelines for stem cell research. Retrieved from http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/augwooo/od-23.html.

In this news release, the NIH offers the final governmental guidelines for stem cell research involving human pluripotent stem cells. These guidelines are supposed to ensure that such research is done in an ethical and legal manner. Because the NIH believes that such research is promising for the treatment and cure of many diseases and injuries, they are offering the guidelines to those who wish to engage in research and have federal funding to conduct it. Because this comes from the NIH, the information should be credible. This source offers very little really salient information regarding the debatable issues of stem-cell research. It does, however, list some specific goals for such research in terms of cures and treatments. This might prove helpful in my research.

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