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Social Work Research Guide

A guide for conducting research in the Social Work program

Annotated Bibliography

When Reading Academic Articles for Annotation...

Annotation: How to interact with the text

  1. Summarize: Describe the main points of the text, describe the authority or background of the author, and their purpose.

  2. Assess: Track Eureka! Moments in the text. What does this research mean? What does the study conclude? What questions does research leave you with? Are there important findings or statistics?

  3. Reflect: Identify YOUR areas of interest or concern. Identify how this compares to other literature on your topic you’ve cited. You may be going back to the annotated bibliography later to write a paper, and you want reminders of why this source was significant to your research.

APA Formatting for Annotated Bibliography