Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography
Order Description
Criteria Weight
Annotations – the sources are described and analysed accuratetly
Evaluations –the research approach, underlying assumptions and the researcher’s role are identified 30%
Critique the value and usefulness of the research is stated and explained 40%
Cohesiveness and accuracy of writing 15%
• write your annotations (1800 words) in alphabetical order using appropriate academic style and APA referencing.
An analytical or critical annotation not only summarizes the material, it analyzes what is being said. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of what is presented as well as describing the applicability of the author’s conclusions to the research being conducted.
• Citation – a complete citation for each academic research paper included
• Brief Summary – approximately two sentences summarising the main points of the research.
• Description – i) brief description of the source;
ii) a short description of the research approach, underlying assumptions, data and the researcher’s role/s.
• Critique – give your own opinion (based on your readings) about the value / authority of the research and its usefulness for the language studies field. Who is the intended audience? Does it have a particular bias?
Contents of an annotated bibliography
• An annotation may contain all or part of the following elements depending on the word limit and the content of the sources you are examining.
• Provide the full bibliographic citation
• Indicate the background of the author(s)
• Indicate the content or scope of the text
• Outline the main argument
• Indicate the intended audience
• Identify the research methods (if applicable)
• Identify any conclusions made by the author/s
• Discuss the reliability of the text
• Highlight any special features of the text that were unique or helpful (charts, graphs etc.)
• Discuss the relevance or usefulness of the text for your research
• Point out in what way the text relates to themes or concepts in your course
• State the strengths and limitations of the text
• Present your view or reaction to the text

• Subject description The purpose of this subject is to develop research-literate students who understand different research approaches, are critical readers of research, and who are able to develop ideas about potential research problems applied in the language studies field. The subject explores how academic and non-academic research texts are constructed by assumptions about knowledge, values and the nature of reality, and through research approaches to data collection and analysis. By using case studies, the subject engages with a series of research approaches: qualitative (including discourse analysis) and quantitative, with a focus on developing research literacy skills. The subject encourages students to explore and critically reflect on their own perspectives on knowledge.

• Subject objectives
a). Identify, summarise and critique published research from the language studies field
b). Review and evaluate academic and non-academic literatures and select relevant sources for particular purposes
c). Argue the merits of different research methodologies and approaches available to language studies researchers
d). Identify researchable problems, locate and critique existing research on the topic, and articulate possible approaches, demonstrating an understanding of the advantages and limitations of different approaches

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