Annotated Bibliography. WHAT IS AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY?.
Working with literature is an essential part of a research process that:
Knowing the literature types
Choosing your research topic
Understanding the lit review’s purpose
Using available resources
Keeping track of references
Developing your question
Ensuring adequate coverage
Honing your search skills
Writing relevant annotations
Arguing your rationale
Informing your work with theory
Working on style and tone
Designing methodWorking with literature
Make sure you find a broad range of literature. Don’t just look at www.jstor.org. They don’t have all the relevant journals. Use a variety of databases to find timely and relevant material.
Social Science Citation Index
Academic Search Premier
Don’tgo it alone!!
When looking for literature be sure to call on the experts such as:
Annotating your sources provides you with a record of relevant literature. It should include:
Techniques to assemble a sampling frame of the literature
1. nonsystematic browsing (snowball technique)
2. systematic-catalogue/databases; journal indexes
Types of Samples
1. complete inventory (beyond the scope of this class)
2. representative review of the literature
- pertinent to the problem
- bears directly on the problem
- major articles (i.e., highly cited)
- major and conflicting ideas, viewpoints, facts, opinions
- a balance of all of these things
I will also need a photocopy of the cover page of the books you are examining and the first page of the journal article.
You also need a one page introduction that briefly describes the literature you found (i.e., patterns, contradictions, etc.).