ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY

In Week Three you will construct a business report or proposal, and in Week Five you will construct an essay that discusses a public issue or concern. Review the assignment instructions in Week Three and Week Five, and identify one topic that you will use for your Week Three and Week Five assignments.

Next, research and select three scholarly sources that you plan to use in developing your Week Three and Week Five topic, and create an Annotated Bibliography of the key findings of the source material and how it fits with your topic. Include at least one government source, and one industry-specific source. In composing your annotated bibliography address the following:

  • Describe the overall purpose of each source as it relates to your chosen topic.
  • Identify at least one specific part of this work that is most applicable to your topic.
  • Select a direct quote from each source that provides a key insight applicable to your topic, and explain how the quote and the source address the interests of both a public audience and a business audience.

Each annotation should be at least 250 words in length. Your sources must include at one source from the Ashford Library, one source from an academic journal, and one video or multimedia source.

Be sure to use APA style when citing your sources.  For information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center.

Week 3 Assignment for above:

 

Construct a business report or proposal using the topic that you chose in Week Two. You may use an existing business as a model or a fictionalized business appropriate to the needs of the topic. For this assignment, you may choose one of the following two options:

  • Write an internal report (you are part of the organization) that identifies a problem and offers an objective analysis of the consequences of taking a specific action.
  • Write a proposal from a potential vendor that addresses the problem and offers a specific solution.

The essay

  • Must be five to seven double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of essay
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least three appropriate sources for the intended business audience, including at least one government source and one industry-specific source. These sources may or may not be the same as the sources you used to create your Annotated Bibliography for the Week Two assignment.
  • Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement that clearly presents a solution or initiative to the problem identified in the introduction.
  • Must address at least three key issues that clearly support the thesis statement with relevant points and critical thought.
  • Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Week 5 Assignment:

 

 

 

Using the topic you selected in Week Three’s Business Writing Essay assignment, construct an essay that discusses a public issue or concern. For this assignment choose one of the following:

 

  • Write an opinion/editorials article for your local newspaper
  • Write a speech that could be delivered in a public forum

 

The essay should use standard writing practices such as subheads, bullets, charts and figures.

The essay

 

  • Must be five to seven double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of essay
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least three appropriate sources for the intended public audience, including at least one government source, and one industry-specific source. These sources may or may not be the same as the sources you used to create your Annotated Bibliography for the Week Two assignment.
  • Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement that clearly states why the issue identified should be considered a public concern.
  • Must contain at least three fully-developed body paragraphs must clearly support the thesis statement with relevant supporting points and critical thought.
  • Must end with a conclusion that restates the essay’s main points and reaffirms your thesis.
  • Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.