How are annotated bibliographies and literature reviews related?
Annotated bibliographies collect sources and present citations along with a summary and analysis that connects the information to your research question. In a literature review, the author synthesizes multiple sources together to present the major themes, arguments and theories around a topic.
Therefore, an annotated bibliography can provide an opportunity to review and analyze individual sources before organizing them around common denominators found across sources.
The first step in your literature review is to collect a few sources you might use in order to summarize them and analyze their potential for your paper.
Creating an annotated bibliography:
You as the researcher & writer are trying to select the articles that will show what important ideas and trends researchers are studying in your field.
Literature reviews serve a purpose in research by:
You are writing a MAP to the scholarly conversation on your topic.
For your Literature Review you will summarize, evaluate, and synthesize, existing scholarship related to your research question. This "scholarship" is found in academic, scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. These differ from magazines and articles written for the general public because scholarly journals are written for researchers and experts in the discipline area.
Click the link below titled, "Anatomy of a Scholarly Journal Article" to view an interactive journal article and review what each section means.
You may need a few peer reviewed sources for your literature review. But what does that mean?
Peer-reviewed and refereed publications include articles that are read and approved by an editor and one or more experts in that field to confirm accuracy of information and the contribution of that information to the scholarly conversation.