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EXSC 331 : Scientific Writing : Annotated Bibliographies

What is an annotated bibliography?

What is the purpose of an annotated bibliography? Why is it useful?

Consider the four elements to include in your Annotated Bibliography:

  • A. Citation for your source         
  • B.  Summary/Critique:  
  • C.  Quality:  
  • D.  Role of Source:  

What are the import things to address within each element? 

How do you evaluate your sources?

What are the criteria with which you will evaluate your sources? You need to categorize your sources as follows: 

  • Excellent
  • Very Good
  • Good
  • Fair
  • Poor

How can we define these categories? What are the elements of each source that you will look at to categorize your sources? 

Types of Sources

Let's review how to differentiate between different types of sources! 

Primary article: publishing the results of original research by the authors. Look for methods sections describing the research method, and results sections describing specific research data. 

Secondary Article (review article): summarizing, analyzing, or reviewing existing research. Include MANY citations, and typically do NOT have a methods or results section. Often, helpfully, have the word "review" in the title of the article or journal. 

  But! What about systematic reviews? They can be tricky because they often include a methods section! Look closely: are the methods all about how a literature search was conducted? That's most likely a review.