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WGST 408/508: Sex, Gender, and the Body in International Development

Research Guide for WGST 408/508

Writing Annotations

Use the Annotated Bibliographies Guide and Annotated Bibliography Samples from Purdue's Online Writing Lab to help you write your annotations. Keep in mind that Dr. Bergeron has instructed you that your annotations should:

Summarize the key points of the source: What is the main focus of the work cited? Why is this relevant to your paper? What special features of the source are helpful, such as its analytical framework, statistical background, eyewitness account, or timeliness, etc.? What are the conclusions of the source?

Assess the source (critical evaluation): What is the background and credibility of the source and author? 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: Was this source helpful to you? How can you use this source in your research project?  What conclusions did you reach after reading the source? Has it changed how you think about your topic? How does this source make you think about your question and build your arguments? Does the source support or counter any of your arguments? How will you apply the source’s theoretical positions, issues discussed, study data, and claims made based on that data to your research question and arguments?

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