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SOC 413/CRJ 4130: Qualitative Research Methods

Research Guide for CRJ/SOC 413

Writing Your Annotations

Your annotations should include the following information:

  • 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?
  • Assess the source (critical evaluation): Is this a peer-reviewed source? Is this a useful source? How does it compare with other sources in your bibliography? Is the information reliable? Is this source biased or objective? What is the goal of your source?
  • Reflection: Why did you choose this source? How was it helpful? How can you use this source in your research project? Has it changed how you think about your topic? 

Use the Annotated Bibliographies Guide and Annotated Bibliography Samples from Purdue's Online Writing Lab to help you write your annotations. 

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