CM220 Using Research To Support Academic And Professional Assertions


This competency assessment assesses the following Outcome(s):

CM220M3-1: Conduct research to support assertions made in academic and professional situations.

Assessment objective: An Annotated Bibliography allows you to organize your research on a topic and evaluate whether the sources you have found will be useful. For this Competency Assessment, you will create an Annotated Bibliography that reviews four sources related to an argument for change in your community or workplace. One of the sources in the Annotated Bibliography should address an opposing viewpoint or misconception related to your topic.

It is recommended that you use the thesis statement you created for the second course assessment for CM220, but you may create a new thesis statement if you prefer. Be sure to include the thesis statement that will be supported by your research.

Each annotation will be cited with a complete APA reference page citation for the source and a paragraph about each source that includes a summary of the source’s main idea, an evaluation of its credibility, and a discussion about the source’s usefulness to your argument.

Directly below the APA reference for each source, provide an annotation paragraph that includes the following:

  • A one-two sentence summary of the source (no direct quotes from the source) and a parenthetical citation after the summary, e.g., (Smith, 2014)
  • Explanation of how the source meets credibility standards, including the author’s credentials and the verifiability of the source’s information; this should include where you found the source (Library, Google search engine, government website, etc.). Use the criteria covered in Evaluating Sources to guide your evaluation.
  • Discussion about how you will use the source to support your argument for community change (this would include whether it poses a challenge to your argument that you will need to address). In this section, paraphrase a key point from the source that supports or challenges your thesis and include an in-text citation.
    • At least one source should address an opposing viewpoint or misconception about your selected topic.
    • One source should contain a visual component, such as a graph or video.

You may select a variety of source types, but keep in mind that all sources should be credible based upon the criteria covered in this module. Types of sources that would be appropriate are as follows:

  • Book, ebook, article, or a chapter from book or ebook
  • Periodical (e.g., newspaper, magazine, journal article)
  • Internet source (e.g., blog, organization website, article from Internet site)
  • Video or audio source (e.g., documentary, video blog,TED Talks, podcast)
  • A primary source in which the authors of the content are the primary researchers (the ones who conducted research), e.g., a government report, case study, or speech
  • An interview with an expert source either published online or conducted by the student
  • A visual or graphic source from a credible .org, .gov, or .edu site.

 To Do Minimum Submission Requirements for CM220M3 Title page in APA format. 

Includes persuasive thesis statement expressing an argument for change in the community or workplace. 

Includes annotations for four sources (at least one comes from the Purdue Global library and another includes visuals or graphics)

 Sources are cited in APA format. Annotations must be written in Standard English and do not have significant errors in grammar, mechanics, or punctuation.