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CRJ 418/518: Research Methods

Research Guide for CRJ 418/518

Writing Annotations

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?
  • Assess the source (critical evaluation): Is it a useful source? How does it compare with outher 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? Has it changed how you think about your topic? How does this source make you think about your thesis statement 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 thesis statement and arguments?

Use the Annotated Bibliographies Guide and Annotated Bibliography Samples from Purdue's Online Writing Lab for further help with writing your annotations. 

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