This assignment will be one of several throughout your PhD program that we use to help you prepare for the dissertation process. One of the core competencies necessary to succeed in a doctoral program is the ability to identify other research that pertains to your own. This means you’ll have to identify similar research, read the papers, and assimilate prior work into your own research. An annotated bibliography helps you develop and hone these research skills.
This assignment is listed on the syllabus as “Final research paper” and is worth 10% of your grade. Your paper will be an annotated bibliography, specifically focusing on the topic of using technology and policy to reduce the digital divide in underserved populations. The papers you select must address how IT is used in conjunction with IT policies to reduce or eliminate the digital divide globally. It is not a paper about what the digital divide is.
You paper must be in correct APA format, use correct grammar, and will need:
1) Include at least five (5) resources, ALL of which must:
a) Be current. Published within the last few years (2014-2019).
b) Be peer-reviewed.
2) Relate directly to using simulations for policymaking. The papers you select must address how IT is used to model behavior for policymaking.
3) Be at least 3 pages long but no longer than 6 pages (this page count does not include your title page, abstract, appendices)
USE YOUR OWN WORDS!!!! DO NOT PLAGIARIZE!!!!
Remember that an annotation is not the same as an abstract. Abstracts are descriptive. Your annotations are to be evaluative and critical. Give me enough information for me to decide if I’m interested enough to read the paper, and also how you perceive the paper. Don’t go skimpy on these annotations, but DO NOT write too much here. Quality is far more important that quantity. This exercise is for each of you to demonstrate that you can identify, categorize, and digest multiple research papers.
Every resource you choose must be peer reviewed. That means the paper must have undergone a formal peer review before being published in a journal or presented at a conference. You must ensure that your resources have undergone rigorous reviews. In most cases, you can find out the review process for a conference or journal by visiting the appropriate web site. Do not simply assume that a resource is peer reviewed – check it out.
Here are a few URLs with additional information: (I strongly suggest that you look at these. Really.)
http://libguides.enc.edu/writing_basics/annotatedbib/apa <<<< Check out the “Rules! rules! rules!” section