Annotated Bibliography


The purpose of the annotated bibliography is to assist you in developing research analysis skills including critical thinking, writing, and literature research skills. Using the feedback that you received from the assignments and the ideas that emerged in discussions from Week One, focus your research on the specific population you selected and the issue that you connected to this population.

The annotated bibliography should include a paragraph for each source that contains the following information:

  • Name of the article, including the complete bibliographic citation, using APA format.
  • Summary/abstract of the article – annotation (sometimes it is helpful to ask yourself the following questions in synthesizing the information):
    • Who? (author)
    • What was done? (e.g., an experimental study investigating the interaction of short term memory and attention)
    • How? (was it done)
  • What were the findings? (identify the major ones)
  • Contributions? (new findings, applications, etc.)

Review the complete instructions for the Capstone Project in Week Five. To conduct accurate research for the annotated bibliography, consider the following:

  • Research in peer-reviewed journals or other journals that are considered to have reliable information (do not use sources from the secular press (e.g., Time, Newsweek, or Wikipedia). Review the guidelines for acceptable sources by reading the “Academic Research” section within the Student Responsibilities and Policies tab under Course Home on the left navigation toolbar in your online course.
  • Identify at least ten (10) academic sources, six (6) of which should come from the Ashford Online Library.
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: Remember that your Capstone Project includes setting up a potential statistical research analysis of the population in question. With this in mind, at least four (4) of the ten articles that you outline should include some form of statistical analysis and testing of hypotheses based on those statistical findings. This will aid you in the way that you set up your model research in your Capstone Project as well as provide you with examples of how to utilize these statistical methods.