Reba asked about an annotated bibliography. An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by the annotation. An annotation is a summary or a brief descriptive and evaluative paragraph. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.
When clients ask me how to start a literature review, I recommend starting with an annotated bibliography containing a mixture of approximately 30 recent peer-reviewed journal articles and dissertations. I advise making the annotations longer than the recommended 150 words of a usual annotated bibliography. The purpose of using an annotated bibliography to start the literature review is to organize your thoughts and focus your research. If done properly, an annotated bibliography conducted in this manner will make the dreaded literature review an easily mastered step on the way to dissertation completion. For more information on annotated bibliographies, go to Purdue OWL (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/614/01/)
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