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In this assignment, you will complete an annotated bibliography with six sources. Your bibliography will include three articles from the reading list in this course. In addition, the bibliography will include at least three new sources that you will find for this assignment.

Here are the articles on our course reading list:

Bennett, S., Maton, K., & Kervin, L. (2008). The ‘digital natives’ debate: A critical review of the evidence. British Journal of Educational Technology, 39(5), 775-786. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2007.00793.x

Bullen, M., Morgan, T., & Qayyum, A. (2011). Digital learners in higher education: Generation is not the issue. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 37(1), 1-24. Retrieved from http://www.cjlt.ca/

Gordon, C., Juang, L., & Syed, M. (2007). Internet use and well-being among college students: Beyond frequency of use. Journal of College Student Development, 48(6), 674-688. doi: 10.1353/csd.2007.0065

Jones, C. & Healing, G. (2010). Net generation students: Agency and choice and the new technologies. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 26, 344-356. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2729.2010.00370.x

Junco, R., & Cotten, S. (2011). Perceived academic effects of instant messaging use. Computers & Education, 56, 370-378. doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2010.08.020

Margaryan, A., Littlejohn, A., & Vojt, G. (2011). Are digital natives a myth or reality? University students’ use of digital technologies. Computers & Education, 56, 429-440. doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2010.09.004

Turkle, S. (1999). Looking toward cyberspace: Beyond grounded sociology. Cyberspace and identity. Contemporary Sociology, 28(6), 643-648. doi:


The general topic for this assignment is “the impact of digital technology.” You will need to significantly narrow down the topic to a specific focus that interests you. For example, you can explore the impact of digital technology on education, on political participation, on interpersonal communication, and on business strategies. You could also focus on the impact of digital media on different aspects of our wellbeing, i.e., social, psychological, physical, occupational, etc.

Conduct research into your chosen topic. Develop a well-focused research question, and produce an annotated bibliography using the following outline template as a guide.


You do not have to submit the outline template. Later, in Assignment 4, you will write a research paper using this research material. The quality of your work now will affect your final essay.

Your annotated bibliography should include a range of arguments and discussions on your topic. Select your sources from scholarly backgrounds and a variety of perspectives. You will begin with the three articles that you selected from our course reading list. To these, you must add a minimum of three new sources.


  1. Using the skills developed in Unit 3, develop and articulate a well-focused research question on your topic. You will include this question in the introduction to your annotated bibliography.
  2. Identify the information you will need to write about your research question. Use the skills developed in Unit 3. You will need to include a list of specific questions to help direct your research in the introduction to your annotated bibliography.
  3. Produce your annotated bibliography, using the template provided. Make sure you write between 250–300 words for each source. Remember to list your entries in alphabetical order, by author’s last name.


Outline for Annotated Bibliography


  • Introduce the general topic that you have been researching.
  • Explain your specific research question, emphasizing the scope or specific issue of focus.
  • Explain the different kinds of information you will need to find in your research so that you can answer the research question. List some specific questions that you will use to guide your research.

Citations (minimum of six citations)

For each source, include:

  1. Proper APA citation. Place the sources in order alphabetically by author’s last name.
  2. 250- to 300-word paragraph that includes:
    • Summary—What is the main argument or conclusion?
    • Relevance/authority—Does the source have the credibility necessary to contribute meaningfully to the topic? How?
    • Position—What particular position does the source take towards the topic? How does it compare to other sources being looked at?
    • Usefulness—How will this source be useful in answering your research question?

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