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ANTH 495: Capstone Course

Research Guide for the Capstone Course in Anthropology

Writing Your Annotations

Your annotations should include the following three sections and answer their corresponding questions:

  • 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?
  • Critique (critical evaluation): Is it a useful source? How does it compare with other sources in your bibliography? Is the information reliable? How does it compare with other articles and theoretical ideas discussed in class?
  • Reflection: Was this source helpful to you? How can you use this source in your research project? How does this source make you think about your thesis statement and its 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 addressing your thesis statement?

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

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