Revisit the first unit of this program for help in identifying authoritative, scholarly and relevant sources.
What type of sources should you use? Primary, secondary or tertiary ? Remember, sources may serve different purposes in the research process but be sure to trace a quote or concept to the original source.
Skim read sources to determine main ideas and to get an overall impression of the content.
Scan or selectively read sources with a question in mind and disregard unrelated information.
Read critically identified scholarly sources and decide to what extent you accept the authors’ arguments and approaches to your research topic and questions.
Booth, Wayne C, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. 2011. The Craft of Research. 40. Chicago: U of Chicago P.
The following pages have been extracted from the University of North Alabama's Center for Writing Excellence
"Comparing the Annotated Bibliography to the Literature Review." UNA Center for Writing Excellence. U of North Alabama, n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2014.
Sources selected for an annotated bibliography represent or cover arguments and approaches relevant to the research topic. Sources are described according to the agreed documentation style (MLA), arranged in alphabetical order and include a summary and evaluation.
In annotating a source, you may do the following:
Writing a Literature Review.” ELS: Effective Learning Service. Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, n.d. Web. 10 Oct.
Hart, Chris. “The Literature Review in Research.” Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Social Science Research
Imagination. Sage, 1999.1-25. PDF File.