How is an annotated bibliography different from a literature review
This post reflects on the affordances and challenges of creating an annotated bibliography as a way in to scoping your field, and drafting your literature review, whether for a paper or a postgraduate thesis. I am working on a project with 3 colleagues at the moment, the first part of which is writing a literature review scoping the relevant parts of the field addressed in this study. I felt a bit overwhelmed at the scale of the reading, note-making and writing I would have to do to actually create a relatively short, concise literature review. One of the co-investigators helpfully suggested that one of the outputs be an annotated bibliography , out of which we could craft the literature review. I must add here that I then had to google what this was, because I have never written one before, although the term is not new. In essence, to create an annotated bibliography, you compile a list of relevant readings on the topic you are writing about, read these, and then create concise, focused summaries that evaluate the quality and accuracy of the source, and its relevance to the research you are doing a useful example here.
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Keep up-to-date on postgraduate related issues with our quick reads written by students, postdocs, professors and industry leaders. Both are important sections of a research paper and aim to give context to the sources cited around a particular research problem. A literature review places a stronger emphasis on the importance of the findings of a paper, whilst an annotated bibliography focuses on the quality, validity, and relevance of the source of information itself. A literature review summarises the research findings of others in a specific topic this can be from a range of publications including scholarly journal articles, textbooks, interviews, and magazines , critically appraises their work, and uses this information to develop the research project at hand. The purpose of this section is also to identify any gaps in knowledge that exist in the research topic and how your research project can help address them.
Annotations often stem from the annotated bibliographies of different research projects. While some annotated bibliographies, offer summaries, others offer assessments and evaluations. Since the assignment is not just an abstract, ensure that you incorporate feasible analysis and refrain from offering plain summaries.
The quality and usefulness of your bibliography will depend on your selection of sources. Define the scope of your research carefully so that you can make sound judgments about what to include and exclude. What is an Annotated Bibliography? What is an annotated bibliography?