An annotated bibliography is a list of sources (articles, books, webpages, etc.) on your research topic.
Each source has its own entry, which includes:
Professors who assign annotated bibliographies sometimes have specific requirements for:
Make sure you understand the requirements of your assignment, and get help from a librarian.
Definition: Like an annotated bibliography, a literature review is a paper or section of a paper that reviews what's already been published on your research topic.
Unlike an annotated bibliography, a literature review is written in a standard paper format, with citations grouped together on the last page.
Literature review: a scholarly conversation
Some people think of literature review as being like a party where there are lots of conversations happening at once.
Here's a 2-minute video illustrating this metaphor:
Your literature review is an overview of all the conversations going on at the party, highlighting where guests agree and disagree, and what questions are still unanswered.
Parts of a research article
In general, the parts of a primary research article should include:
Typically these sections are usually called out with headings throughout the article.
Look for these sections in the article above to help you understand the information and its purpose in each section.
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These tools may help you organize ideas from various sources thematically.