How to Write an Annotated Bibliography Step by Step
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Today, you'll learn how to write an annotated bibliography to support you in writing your literature review.
[What is an Annotated Bibliography?]
- An annotated bibliography is usually the first step to your literature review, where you list and summarize important research articles that support your research topic.
- There are two main parts of an annotated bibliography. - The citation of each source and the corresponding annotation The citation is usually in the format required by your institution. In this case, the citation is in APA format. The annotation summarizes the main content of the selected research article.
- In searching for research articles for your annotated bibliography, there are several approaches to consider
You may select research studies based on your theoretical framework to gain more insight about the theory. These studies will support your topic and should be included.
[Problem/Gaps] You may select research studies that explore or examine the problem of interest to you.
[Purpose] You may select research that's similar to the purpose of your study. It shouldn't be an exact match, otherwise, your study would have nothing new to contribute to the literature. Usually, if the study purpose is similar, your research would have different parameters, for example, a different population or sample. This will definitely be an important article to include.
[Essential Elements] You should also include articles that support the essential elements in your research question. If you find a study that's similar to your proposed study and with the same research methods, that would be a great research article to regularly refer to, for your study.
So, in general, you should have at least 5 articles that support what you're doing, why you're doing your study, and how you're doing your study.
Great! That's how you write an annotated bibliography.
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