ITC571 Annotated Bibliography - Assessment 4


WHAT TO DO: Tasks 1 and 2 below

TASK 1 Annotated Bibliography 20%

  1. Write an Annotated Bibliography for your Capstone Topic with a collection of 12 articles following a set structure. The Annotated Bibliography is a critical examination of the most relevant and recent scholarly research on the topic area that is not just a summary of the articles you have read.
  2. An Annotated Bibliography is the detailed analysis of sources that used later in an expanded Literature Review.
  3. Use the latest online search tools (CSU PRIMO, Google Scholar, Online databases) and efficient bibliographic organisers - CSU supports the use of EndNote. (available on iPad). EndNote is a  bibliographic citation program, allowing references and footnotes to be translated into a variety of standard formats.
  4. As a CSU student you can download and install EndNote X7 for Windows or Mac OS platforms from
  5. Ensure that the Annotated Bibliography submitted by you is your own work and has not been submitted elsewhere and comply with the University's requirements for academic integrity.
  6. You can get help in Building and Writing an Annotated Bibliography from several Topics 3and 5.1 Tutorial Topic in the ITC571 Interact2 site sidebar menu and other study advices and tips from:
    1. Study Resources (PDF files to download):
    2. APA style Referencing from
    3. The CSU Library website for LibGuides in Information Technology, Computing and Mathematics at
    4. EndNote Bibliographic software and tutorials LibGuide at
  7. Review the emerging technology (use internet for journals, conference papers, magazines, news articles, online databases, eBooks) and submit a 12-article Annotated Bibliography on your topic.
  8. A good place to start a collection of articles in your annotated bibliography is via the PRIMO search tool located on the CSU Library website at

As an example, the Capstone Topic PRIMO search on a research topic like "blockchain uses in higher education" returned the following snapshot from a large list 769 of very recent journals, books, conference proceedings and eBooks related to the Topic, so the search needs refinement, so when simply sorted by the latest publication, this second screen resulted:

Library Resources

Information Technology Journal Databases
Information Technology & Computing LibGuides : 

The following questions may be useful while reviewing the topic:

  1. What is the new technology?
  2. What does it do and what are the special features it has?
  3. When is it coming out in the market and how much will it cost?
  4. What industry will the new technology affect? (Medical, agricultural, computer, business, etc….).
  5. In your opinion, will the new technology be beneficial to society? Why or why not.
  6. What did you learn from a critical analysis of your sources of information on this new technology?

TASK 2 Self-Evaluation Report on Originality (100-150 words) 5%

  1. Select an 1000-word sample of annotations text only (exclude references) from Task 1 and submit it for testing at either Turnitin
  2. Save a copy of the originality report obtained from the chosen site.
  3. Critically evaluate and interpret the originality report, from your context or point of view as your personal Self-Evaluation Report on Originality (100-150 words).
  4. Append this short evaluation report to the saved copy of originality report from the chosen site as Task 2 completed.
  5. Finally submit the combined Tasks 1 and 2  via EASTS as required.

Turnitin is more than a ‘gotcha’ device – it is an effective learning tool:

Because the sophisticated use of sources involves a complex set of research, critical thinking, and writing skills, you should expect to take several years to master them. Turnitin can be a helpful tool in this developmental process. You should use your originality reports as feedback on a first draft so that you can improve your use of sources before submitting the final draft for marking.

Interpreting the Turnitin Originality Report:

After you submit your draft to Turnitin for self-checking, you should look carefully at the originality report so that you can improve on your use of sources. Your essay will be on the left side of the screen, and the matching colour-coded sources will be listed on the right. Then you can make the necessary changes to your essay before you submit the final draft for marking.

You need to register with Turnitin to create a Student Account under the CSU Turnitin Licence at 

Further information on how to use Turnitin can be found through the following link:


This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:

  • be able to perform literature searches and critically analyse the literature in the chosen topic.
  • be able to critically reflect on and synthesize complex information, problems, concepts and theories in the chosen topic.
  • be able to apply established research methodologies with autonomy.
  • be able to apply project management and information and communication technologies (ICT) tools to plan, execute, record and present their research and project work as a capstone experience.

The rationale of this assessment is to test your ability to review, evaluate, critique and support others opinions as well as existing literature, using a scholarly writing style. You will also demonstrate your ability to carry out independently research and locate information from various sources such as journals, conference proceedings, online databases, eBooks and industry magazines.

The Learning Outcomes being assessed in this second task include your ability to perform literature searches and critically analyse the literature in the chosen topic and then to critically reflect on and synthesize complex information, problems, concepts and theories in the chosen topic. As the Annotated Bibliography develops, so will also be demonstrating your advanced communication and academic writing skills in transmitting your capstone experiences and ideas to others.

What does a well constructed annotated bibliography contain?

That is a research topic on its own, however I recommend the list of SIX structural elements below

  1. Interpretation and evaluation of an overview of recent trends in emerging technologies and innovation;
  2. Evidence of literature searches and critical analysis of the literature in the chosen capstone topic;
  3. Critical reflection and synthesis of complex information, problems, concepts and theories in the chosen topic;
  4. Original opinion on the benefits of your capstone project to others;
  5. Reflective comments on what was learnt from a review of the literature;
  6. Use of correct citations and referencing conforming to recognised referencing format.

The Checklist for the Annotations elements can be used as a quality check as you write:

Content Elements

  • Coverage of topic
  • Depth of discussion
  • Development of argument and reasoning
  • Selection of literature

Writing Style Elements

  • Structure of review
  • Technical competence
  • Use of citations and quotations
  • Referencing

Task 2 is designed for you to learn the functions of the Turnitin software.

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