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Introduction to the Study of Psychopathology (PSYC 204-01/02) Dr. Julie Deisinger: ABOUT ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Introduction to the Study of Psychopathology (PSYC 204-01/02) Dr. Julie Deisinger

What is Annotated Bibliography?

MacArthur, Charles A., Graham, Steve.Fitzgerald, Jill. (2005).  Handbook of Writing Research. New York : Guilford Publications.

Annotated Bibliography is a list of carefully selected sources according to a set of criteria for the purpose of identifying and evaluating research studies on a topic, their impact, focus, and research methodologies.

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What Annotated Bibliography is Not

Annotated Bibliography is not only a summary of individual articles or books on a topic. While a short summary is necessary to introduce the work, it is the critical evaluation  of the selected works that matters, how and why a work is different from other works on the topic, and how does a particular article or book advances the research on the topic.

Why Is It Important?

Creating Annotated Bibliography is engaging with the research literature, both primary and secondary, in the topic of interest. It requires self-reflection and critical evaluation of the sources and is a building block in the process of writing a paper.

Steps in Creating Annotated Bibliography

Defining a research problem

Literature Search

Reading and evaluating sources

Writing annotated bibliography


See also related guides

Adulthood and Aging

Finding and Evaluating Journal Articles

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