Demonstrate the ability to locate, select, and organize material from a variety of electronic and hard copy sources

Targeted competencies:

Outcome 1: Analyze college-level texts to distinguish motivation, structure, and cohesiveness of argument.

Outcome 2: Demonstrate the ability to locate, select, and organize material from a variety of electronic and hard copy sources.

Outcome 3: Write organized, unified and coherent texts using correct grammar, mechanics, diction,

and a standard documentation style.

 What is a References Page?

A References Page is a list of your research sources (articles, documentaries, pocasts, books, etc.) in proper APA format. The citations are listed alphabetically. Each line of the citation should be indented with the exception of the first. The entire list should be double-spaced. The title, References, should be centered at the top of the page. For more details, see the APA handbook 6th edition or your textbook (pp. 276-281). Check GBC Library for APA 7th edition rules.

 What is an Annotated Bibliography?

An Annotated Bibliography is the very first step in the process of writing a research essay. The primary goal of the annotated bibliography is to give us the opportunity to explore your topic and to find out what research exists out there. It will also help you narrow down your ideas. The Annotated Bibliography looks exactly the same as a References Page, but should include a summary of each article directly beneath the citation. This summary should be about 100-150 words. Please note that Annotated Bibliography guidelines vary slightly depending on purpose and field, so you may come across slightly different versions of this online or elsewhere.

After creating an Annotated Bibliography, you may change, take away, or add to the research sources in your essay. Then, when you hand in Writing Assignment Two, you will not need to produce a new Annotated Bibliography. However, you will need to supply a complete References Page, which will include whatever articles you do end up using in your essay, regardless of whether your research sources have changed.

Assignment Instructions

Step One: Select five articles about your research topic. The resources you choose may include academic or scholarly articles from the library database, books, articles from magazines, or articles online. You may include videos, documentaries, and other forms of media if you wish. The sources should be legitimate and reliable. For example, an article by an anonymous online writer who does not cite their sources or explain where they got their facts from may not be reliable, whereas an online article from a well-known Toronto magazine such as Exclaim, the Toronto Star, Now, etc. would be reliable. If you are unsure about using a source, do not hesitate to ask for help.

Step Two: Create a References Page listing your five sources in APA format. Each type of article or medium has a different citation guideline, so your task is to format each research item in the specific way required. For example, an article written by one author will be formatted differently than an article written by four authors, and an article from an online database that has a “DOI” number will be formatted differently than an article without a “DOI”. The APA guidebook gives examples of the possible formats. Your text book, the library’s APA guide, or to the APA website (link is on Blackboard), or other links, may have examples, too.

Step Three: For each reference, write a summary and brief commentary. Write a 100-150 word summary of the article directly beneath each citation.

Proofread. Check for grammatical errors, typos, run-on sentences, and sentence fragments.

Review the rubric. See the Annotated Bibliography rubric to improve your final draft.

Use the George Brown Library website to help with research and APA formatting.

Remember: do not simply copy/paste abstracts from academic articles: your commentary MUST be in your own words.

Plagiarism results in a grade of ‘0’ on this assignment.



Nuttal-Smith, C. (2015, June 19). Kitchen fires: The open debate Canadian chefs are finally having about  

        sexism and harassment. The Globe and Mail.



Article Summary: Chris Nuttal-Smith’s article, “Kitchen fires: The open debate Canadian chefs are finally having about sexism and harassment” (2015) detailed the pitfalls of restaurant kitchen culture, and the fact that kitchens are largely unregulated fields when it comes to sexual harassment. In the article, Nuttal-Smith identified the prevalence of sexual harassment against women in restaurant kitchens, and focused on a recent case of harassment at Weslodge. The Weslodge case, which involved a female pastry chef who was repeatedly groped and smacked “on the rear” (Nuttal-Smith, 2015), sparked a debate in kitchens across the city: what standards of behaviour are acceptable in restaurant kitchens? Can this behaviour be regulated in order to change the “male bravado schtick” restaurant culture and better protect female employees (Nuttal-Smith, 2015)? Ultimately, Nuttal-Smith examined the key obstacle women in the restaurant industry have faced: adapt to a workplace in which sexual harassment is the norm, or leave the industry altogether.