Exercise 7 – Creating an Annotated bibliography

1. Go to GSS Bibliographic Search Engine
2. Search for your topic
3. Locate one of the articles on your topic

Cite your article using APA style

Summarize the article –
What are the main arguments? What were the methods? What is the point of this article? If someone asked what this article is about, what would you say?

“Evaluative annotations don’t just summarize. In addition to tackling the points addressed in summary annotations, evaluative annotations: 1) evaluate the source or author critically (biases, lack of evidence, objective, etc.); 2) show how the work may or may not be useful for a particular field of study or audience; and 3) explain how researching this material assisted your own project.”

So… I want your to evaluate the article you read.

First, tell me about who wrote the article (1-2 sentences). Look them up. Practice your “Google-fu.” Where are they? What do they do? What is their job title? What else can you say about them?

Now assess the article.
Is it a useful source? How does it compare with other sources you’ve read? Is the information reliable? Is this source biased or objective? What is the goal of this source? (2-4 sentences)

Put it all together…

Now… you will repeat this process using four more sources (a total of five). Use the EBSCO search engine  as you learned in Exercise 5 to help you find these sources. They can be sources that use GSS data or any other research method (interviews, surveys, field observations, ethnographies, etc)… the sources should look at peoples attitudes or opinions on your topic. They might address things like demographic or cultural differences in peoples opinions, how geography plays a role , how socio-economic status (SES) impacts perceptions, or other such factors.

In the end of this exercise, you should have five annotations with at least one that came from data from the GSS. Your next step in the project is to synthesize these five entries into a single literature review. Remember not all articles published in research journals are bona fide empirical studies; many are theoretical discussions, reviews of other people’s research, or other kinds of articles besides those which test a hypothesis using empirical data. Watch out for articles that are part of “Special Issues,” “Forums” on special topics, “Responses” to particular authors.

If you’re not sure whether your article fits these criteria, and/or you want to use one you are unsure of, send me the bibliographic reference for the article and I’ll look it over.


Here is an annotation worksheet you can use to get started. annotated_worksheet

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