Personal annotated bibliography which reflects the issues and resources that the student feels is relevant to investigations of homicides that have “gone cold”. You should include, at minimum, a mix of fifteen peer-reviewed articles and appropriate government sources.
APA 6th ed. Format is required. Use the same font throughout your paper. Font is to be Times New Roman 12-point type, margins are 1 ½” -inch margin (1.25) on the left and 1-inch (1.00) on the right side, top and bottom; paper is to be double-spaced. Use flush-left style, and leave the right margin uneven, or ragged. Spacing set at 0 pt. before and after paragraphs.
Your topic this semester will be one of the following:
Managing the homicide case, managing the homicide unit OR
Investigative challenges in homicide investigations
How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography
An annotated bibliography is a list of references to books, articles, and documents. Each reference is followed by a brief description and analysis of the reference. The purpose of such a bibliography is to inform the reader of the importance, precision, and value of the reference in relation to the study being considered. This description should be between 100–150 words.
Annotations Versus Abstracts
Abstracts are the purely descriptive summaries often found at the beginning of scholarly journal articles or in periodical indexes. Annotations are descriptive and critical; they expose the author’s point of view, clarity, and appropriateness of expression and authority. Look for the following when making your evaluation:
- The author’s credentials: Look at his or her employment, educational background, past articles, or books.
- Date of publication: When was the source published? Is it less than 10 years? Is there another edition? Is the information dated? If so, look for a more current time frame. There are such things as serial references. These references are explained in the instructions above.
- Published by a university press: It is more likely to be considered scholarly if it was published this way, but it does not guarantee that fact.
- Reviews: Investigate to see if there are any reviews of the article or book.