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SOC 497: Sociology Senior Research Seminar

Research Guide for SOC 497

Putting Together Your Annotated Bibliography

An Annotated Bibliography is a list of citations to articles and other sources. Each citation is followed by a brief descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. Your annotations should follow a citation, annotation, then repeat format. Your annotations should:

  • Summarize the key points of the source: What was the topic? Why was the research important? How was the research done? What did the authors find? Did the authors discuss implications of the research?
  • Rationale: Why do you need this source? How can you use this source to build your research question, research proposal, and/or your narrative for its importance? How does this contribute to your understanding of your research question? How does this source make you think about your research question and build your answers to it?

Use this Annotated Bibliography example from the UNC Chapel Hill for more help putting together your Annotated Bibliography.

Putting Together Your Study Proposal

Your Study Proposal provides detailed information about your research study design. It should:

  • Outline your research questions and what you hope to accomplish in your proposed study.
  • Outline your methods, including how you plan to study your research questions, and why your methods are appropriate for your research area.
  • If you are conducting a secondary analysis using a dataset, explain details about the dataset you're using, the type of questions asked, and how you plan to use the data collected.
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