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In order to help you better understand your course project topic, this week you will locate 6 peer-reviewed sources related to the focus of your project and create an annotated bibliography. Locate resources on your focal species including their taxonomic information, natural habitat, social behavior, communication styles, group behavior, and other relevant details as outlined in your course project. Creating an annotated bibliography is a good way to organize potential sources for your course project. Writing an annotated bibliography helps you summarize the sources you have found, evaluate the quality of these sources, and determine the importance of each source for your course project. Your bibliography should include the proper APA reference followed by a short paragraph summarizing the main points of the article. You should include a general overview of the paper, the main ideas presented, and why this article is relevant to your project (see below for an example). Make sure you are locating quality sources. This means the source should be from a scholarly journal and have passed the peer-reviewed process. You can find literature on your specific animal species or more general literature on proximate and ultimate causes of behavior, social behavior, or animal communication.
Below is an example of a full-credit annotated source. Each of the 6 sources you use in your Annotated Bibliography should resemble this example:
Vitale, K. R., Behnke, A. C., & Udell, M. A. R. (2019). Attachment bonds between domestic cats and humans. Download Attachment bonds between domestic cats and humans.Current Biology , 29 (18), 864–865.
This is an original research study that examines the attachment bond between cats and their owners. Kittens, aged 3-8 months, and adult cats, over the age of 1 year, participated in a Secure Base Test (SBT). The SBT involved bringing the cat into an unfamiliar location and observing their response to the novel environment both with and without their owner present in the room. Attachment style was assessed during the phase where the owner returned to the room after being absent for a brief period of time. A cat was categorized as having a secure attachment if the cat displayed the Secure Base Effect (SBE) upon the owner’s return by greeting the owner and then returning to their baseline behavior of exploring the room while periodically interacting with the owner. A cat was categorized as having an insecure attachment if the cat did not display the SBE and instead either excessively clung to the owner or avoided the owner. Results indicated that both kittens and adult cats display three main attachment styles toward their owner with the majority of cats (~65%) exhibited a secure attachment with their owner. This is an important source for my project because this study demonstrates an important social behavior in cats and can be used to make suggestions to my client about ways to improve human-cat interactions.