annotated bibliography writing 1

select ONE emerging technology innovation as the topic of their annotated bibliography.

Note: Some of the topics below are too broad in nature and will need to be narrowed by identifying a subtopic (for example, “Artificial Intelligence” is too broad but “Artificial Intelligence in Medical Instrument Design” is a better fit).

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Wearable devices
  • Organs-on-chips
  • Augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR)
  • Robotics
  • Drones (surveillance, delivery, personal and commercial)
  • Sensors (embedded, nanosensors, the Internet of Nanothings, etc.)
  • Internet of things (feedback devices; big data; smart sensors, cameras, software, databases, and massive data centers in a world-spanning information fabric)
  • Implantable nanochips
  • Smart houses
  • Contactless information sharing (e.g., QR Codes, NFC)
  • 3D printing
  • Home security/personal security
  • Next-generation batteries
  • Blockchain
  • Intelligent analytical mapping

Each student will research and identify 8 relevant and reputable information sources for their topic. These eight sources should demonstrate:

  • Your ability to identify scholarly as well as non-scholarly sources relevant to your topic. (Minimum of 1 scholarly source, but no more than 5.)
  • Your ability to identify video and audio materials relevant to your topic. (Minimum of 2 video sources, but no more than 4.)
  • Your ability to identify sources that are primarily oriented towards reporting statistical data. These are sources that rely primarily on the reporting of numbers to make their arguments clear to their readers. (Minimum of 2 statistical sources, but no more than 4.)
  • Your ability to identify a range of credible outlets of information. Repeating the same publication for multiple sources will result in 5-25 points being deducted depending on how frequently you repeat the material. It is OK to get sources from the same platform (such as YouTube or Statista), but not the same author or channel.

The first page of your Annotated Bibliography should begin with the title of your chosen topic and Your Name (e.g., Designer Genetics – Annotated Bibliography by Mary Smith).

The first paragraph of your Annotated Bibliography should present a brief overview of your topic and then introduce two questions you think are potentially interesting enough to answer with regards to this topic. Be sure to include a sentence or two explaining why you think these questions are interesting or useful to answer.

After your introductory paragraph, list out the eight information sources in alphabetical order following the example provided below.


Sample Annotated Bibliography Entry following APA style:

Murphy, H. (2019, January 21). Coming Soon to a Police Station Near You: The DNA ‘Magic Box’. New York Times. Retrieved from: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Each of the ten information source annotations are to include the following:

  • Citation formatted according to APA (6th edition) style.
  • Annotation with full bibliographic information containing the following:
    • Summary of the article (or video/audio) that includes a description of the article or video. (Note: the summary must be paraphrased in your own words. Do not use direct quotes from the information source!)
    • Relevance of information source (How is the information source – article or video – directly relevant to your topic? Why did you choose this source? Support how this source is relevant.)
    • Accuracy and currency of information source (Is the information in the source accurate and up-to-date?)
    • Quality of the information (Is the information source objective and reliable? Does the author possess credentials or experiences that would provide authority on this topic?)

NOTE: Each annotation is at least 5-7 sentences in length.

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