An annotated bibliography is a reference list in which each entry is followed by an annotation or description of the source. Dissertation writers must provide extensive sources from the literature in their initial research proposal.  Begin preparing now by learning the critical skills needed for future success. Scanning, summarizing, and recording the key points in an article, as required for an annotated bibliography, is a critical skill for all doctoral learners to ensure success.

Review the Basic Research and Advanced Research tutorials presented in the Library Research Tutorials activity.

Create an annotated bibliography using research on a topic you might like to investigate for your doctoral dissertation. Some examples of potential research topics include: “Female Leadership in the Aerospace Industry” or “Multiple Intelligences in Elementary Students.”

Your annotated bibliography should include one article from each of the databases below.

For this assignment, you must:

  • Follow the formatting as outlined in the Annotated Bibliography Formatting Sample provided.
    • Note. You may lose points for failing to the use the correct format.
  • Include an APA-formatted title page.
  • Include four sources (one from each database listed below).
  • Include a one- to two-paragraph annotation in your own words for each source.
    • Remember the length of annotation needs to relate to estimated future value.
  • Identify the research method.
    • Read the article abstract to find the research method (you might find: qualitative, quantitative, or mixed method).
  • State the research question or problem and conclusions.
  • Summarize the suggestions for further research.
  • List the source and search engine used as a separate entry at the end of your assignment.  Follow this format:
    • Barker (2006) – ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database
    • Smith (2012) – EBSCOhost
    • Jones & Bartlett (2014) – SAGE Journals
    • Zinman (2010) – ProQuest

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