Research Assignment #1 Using Nexis Uni Database and Preparing an Annotated Bibliography

The purpose of this assignment is to explore a database – Nexis Uni – to find high-quality newspaper articles on a specific topic, and to learn how to cite and annotate newspaper articles properly in the author-date style that is commonly used in the social sciences.

The Syrian Civil War began in 2011 and has claimed over 400,000 lives. In order to familiarize yourself with this event, the assignment is to locate, read, and cite 5 quality newspaper articles on this topic.

Utilize the Nexis Uni database and to find some good articles to bring you up to speed.

  • Start by going to the Towson library web page:

  • You’ll come to the main library screen, and you’ll navigate to the “Databases” tab.

  • Either search or go to the “N” tab to find “Nexis Uni,” and click on that.

  • Under “What are you interested in?” select “News.”

  • For starters, try searching for “Syria War” or “Syrian Civil War.”

  • Once the results page loads, under “Publication Type,” select “Newspapers.”

  • You can further limit the results on the results page by clicking selecting specific

    publications under the “Sources” tab.

    Once you’ve run some good searches, read at least ten articles that look most promising based on title, length, and source, and pick at least five that you will actually use in your assignment. Please pick at least one article from either the New York Times or The Washington Post. Very short articles, under about 500 words, are unlikely to be very revealing, and you’ll usually find that really insightful and detailed articles can run upwards of 1000 words.

    The Assignment. The actual assignment that you hand in can and should be short, just a page or so. It consists of first finding your five articles, and then preparing an annotated bibliography, which is a list of your five articles in alphabetical order by author, with a brief one- or two- sentence summary of the article immediately after each citation.

    Since this is a political science class, use the Chicago Manual of Style’s “author-date” citation style. The author-date system is somewhat like the MLA style that many students learn in English composition class, but it’s not identical:

    Last name, first name. Year. “Article Title.” Title of Newspaper, date, year, page. One- or two-sentence annotation/summary.

    If no author is listed on the article, the citation should be as follows: “Article Title.” Year. Title of Newspaper, date, year, page.

    If no page number is listed on the article, the citation should be as follows:

Last name, first name. Year. “Article Title.” Title of Newspaper, date, year. For example, one annotated reference might look like this:

Jameson, Jonah. 2018. “Spider-Man Menaces City.” The Daily Bugle, April 28, 2018, A2.
Editorial writer calls Spider-man an unaccountable vigilante and blames the web- slinger for the recent derailment of a subway train. The editorial concludes by calling for Spider-man to take off his mask and turn himself into the police.

You will be graded on finding, properly citing, and annotating all five sources. Please note that any deviation from the proper citation style will result in the lowering of your grade.

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