Implementing research in your proposal is key to convincing your audience to adopt your new ideas or procedures. However, before implementing research into your assignment, you need to be able to find relevant, credible sources to support your points. Completing an annotated bibliography is a practical way to both practice writing correct APA citations and evaluate the sources you are planning to use in your proposal.   

An annotated bibliography consists of two parts: a citation (in APA style) and an annotation, which you will use to analyze the source and evaluate how it will be used in your proposal.  For your annotated bibliography, you will write at least seven entries that include a citation and an annotation.


Each entry in your annotated bibliography will consist of your citation, followed by your annotation, which includes three parts. First, you will briefly summarize the source in your own words. Title this section Summary. Next, you will write a paragraph where you assess the source by determining whether it is useful and reliable. Title this section Assessment. Finally, you will reflect on your source to determine how you will use it within the proposal. Title this section Reflection.  

Thus, each of your seven sources will have the following: 

  1. An APA-formatted bibliographic entry.
  2. A Summary section. 

a.  The summary is about the content of the article.

  1. An Assessment section. 

.  The assessment is about the veracity of, quality of, credibility of, and usefulness of the article. For example, how does this article compare to the other articles you have found?  Is the author known to publish often in this area? Author credentials?  Will this article truly help your argument?  For this section, you’ll essentially need to do research on your research.

  1. A Reflection section. 

.  In this section, you will explain how you will use this source in your proposal. Specifically, how will this source support the points you are making about your argument?  Which points will this source support?  In which section of the proposal will you use this source?


  • Avoid writing “I feel” or “I believe.”  Your assessment of the source should use concrete evidence from the article that proves your source is reliable, credible, scholarly, and supports your argument.
  • Simply stating that an article is reliable, credible, scholarly, and supports the argument for your proposal isn’t quite what you need to do.  Prove it with evidence from the article and analysis of the author/publisher. 
  • Clearly explain how the source will support specific aspects of your proposal. For example, if the source supports your claim that your solution is cost-effective, say so. If the source supports your claim that a current protocol is inefficient, say so.
  • Do not include pictures or other visuals in the annotated bibliography. 

A 4 page (does not include graphics or references), single-spaced internal unsolicited proposal targeted specifically toward your organization

Your proposal will have the following sections:

  • The Purpose is a brief statement that informs the reader of the purpose of your proposal–why you are writing and what you hope to achieve.
  • The Problem section is more detailed and describes for the reader what the current problem is that your proposal hopes to solve. Since a proposal is essentially a solution to a problem, you cannot convince readers you have a viable solution unless you first convince them there is a problem.
  • The Solution or Plan section is the heart of your assignment; this is where you will detail your proposal. What information you include in this section will depend upon the topic of your proposal. Some common items to include are: description of the plan; materials needed; costs; etc.  
  •  The Timeline section will include the dates and necessary time for rollout of your  solution.  Include actual dates.
  • The Conclusion section restates the problem, solution, and benefits and recommends the next course of action.

Includes at least two graphics.

Need 5 scholarly sources published within the last 5 years

******Please use this topic to complete the proposal and annotated bibliography:  My proposal will be to my director of nursing at the long-term care facility I work at. The problem is new graduate nurses tend to always quit. My plan is to create a safe place where a new graduate nurse can come to seek mentorship and advice from experienced nurses. This will create a positive work environment and the new graduate nurses will not give up so easily at working at this facility.*****

Purpose: create a safe place where new graduate nurses can come to seek mentorship from experienced nurses. This will create a positive work environment and the new graduate nurses will not give up so easily at working at this facility. 

Problem: New graduate nurses that begin to work here have the tendency to quit before they reach their three months of working at this facility. These nurses feel overwhelmed and need guidance. 

Solution/Plan: Accepting volunteers that are experienced nurses. They will then be assigned to new graduate nurses that they agree to mentor. These nurses can work at this facility or perhaps nurses the Director of nursing know. The experienced nurses will be volunteering their time so they will not be getting paid. Therefore the facility can offer incentives. Perhaps future gatherings for them to thank them for all their hard work. Also, the director of nursing can offer incentives such as time off and employee recognition. I believe that most of the mentors will be happy to mentor these new grads because offering mentorship to brand new nurses is rewarding in itself. 

Conclusion: remind my audience of the problem at hand and what can be done to decrease the amount of new graduate nurses that quit.