Financial Struggles

This week you will be working on the Annotated Bibliography assignment. The information that you find in this assignment will be used for the powerpoint presentation assignment in the next module.

Below is information on how to complete the assignment along with helpful resources that may be useful to you.

Annotated Bibliography:

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.

A. Requirements

For this assignment, you will choose a vulnerable population and research evidenced based interventions that are applicable to disaster victims of the chosen population. You will then create an annotated bibliography based upon the following requirements:

1. You must use a minimum of five sources including at least three scholarly articles featuring evidenced based interventions applicable to disaster victims of the vulnerable population that you chose.

2. The intervention may be macro, mezzo or micro level and in some cases multi- level.

3. Citations must follow APA formatting guidelines

Examples of populations that you might choose include:

Elderly (Some who are left with nothing, some who’s families evacuate them from their home country and bring them to the US. How do we assist with assimilation in a disaster for our elders.

Person with physical disabilities

Victims of mass trauma

Victims of terror, political persecution, torture,

Sex trafficking (disaster areas are a target to “assisst” women and children who have lost everything.)

Various immigrant groups (some whom will not seek assistance in fear of being deported from US)

Persons who are homeless

Persons with mental illness

Single parent families

School aged student survivors of a violent attack


B. Resources


Ehrenreich, B. (2001). Nickel and dimed: On (not) getting by in America. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

In this book of nonfiction based on the journalist’s experiential research, Ehrenreich attempts to ascertain whether it is currently possible for an individual to live on a minimum-wage in America. Taking jobs as a waitress, a maid in a cleaning service, and a Walmart sales employee, the author summarizes and reflects on her work, her relationships with fellow workers, and her financial struggles in each situation.

An experienced journalist, Ehrenreich is aware of the limitations of her experiment and the ethical implications of her experiential research tactics and reflects on these issues in the text. The author is forthcoming about her methods and supplements her experiences with scholarly research on her places of employment, the economy, and the rising cost of living in America. Ehrenreich’s project is timely, descriptive, and well-researched.

The annotation above both summarizes and assesses the book in the citation. The first paragraph provides a brief summary of the author’s project in the book, covering the main points of the work. The second paragraph points out the project’s strengths and evaluates its methods and presentation.

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