An annotated bibliography is a brief

Centre for Teaching and Learning | Academic Practice | Academic Skills | Digital Resources +61 2 6626 9262 | ctl@scu.edu.au | www.scu.edu.au/teachinglearning Page 1 Writing an Annotated Bibliography What is an annotated bibliography? An annotated bibliography is a brief summary and evaluation of a number of selected texts. It includes the full referencing details of each text placed in alphabetical order. It also includes a brief description or summary of the contents, a brief critical analysis and often an evaluation of the relevance and usefulness of the text. You might be asked to produce an annotated bibliography: to become familiar with a particular topic or area of study, often to help you prepare for a future assignment to produce a relevant resource list (e.g. an age-specifc reading list for a primary school class, a list of up-to-date resources/readings for a particular topic area) to help you learn how to reference properly. In general, an annotated bibliography should: include the full bibliographic details of each text formatted according to the referencing system you are required to use (e.g. APA 6th, Harvard). This often serves as the heading for each entry in your bibliography. include a summary, overview or brief description of the contents of each text include a critical analysis of each text (strengths and weaknesses of the text) include a statement of the relevance or usefulness of each text (e.g. to others in that area of study or work, or to a particular assignment task) position each entry in alphabetical order according to the authors surname. When you begin: Find out what your lecturer is expecting by reading the assignment task and marking criteria carefully (e.g. number of annotations, word limit). Use your research skills and reading skills to select the texts that will enable you to complete your assessment task. Writing the summary Here you can demonstrate your skills in summarising and paraphrasing. Avoid quotes. Focus on the main ideas in the text and dont be distracted by details. Two questions to ask are: What is the main idea (or ideas) being presented? What ideas and evidence are used to support this idea/point? Writing the critique The critique is your critical response to the text you have read. These comments can be placed after the summary or integrated into the summary. Some questions to help you evaluate or judge the text include: Does the text contribute to my understanding of the topic? If so, in what way? Does it add to the existing knowledge on this topic? If so, in what way (draw on additional or prior readings about the topic)? How does the structure, organisation and presentation of the ideas in the text contribute to its effectiveness? How well does the author achieve his/her purpose? Would you recommend this text to someone interested in this topic? How useful/relevant is the text for your topic area and/or your assignment or research? Academic Skills Quick Guide What is in this guide What is an annotated bibliography? Writing the summary Writing the critique Extract from an annotated bibliography Related Quick Guide Page 2 Academic Skills Quick Guide Extract from an annotated bibliography Assignment task: Read and begin to think about how you would respond to the ethical issues involved in the case study. Include 5 entries each with a max. of 200 words. Collis, S. P. (2006). The importance of truth-telling in health care [Art & Science: Literature Review]. Nursing Standard, 20(17). Retrieved March 3, 2006 from http://gateway.ut.ovid.com.ezproxy.scu.edu.au/gw1/ovidweb.cgi This article examines the concepts of truth-telling and deception and whether deception is ever justifable in health care. Possible reasons for the recent interest in truth-telling in health care are offered as well as issues associated with deceiving patients. Wider arguments supporting and opposing deception in health care are considered before suggested alternatives to the use of deception in patient care are outlined. It appears to be a well-researched and well-structured article that uses examples to provide a brief understanding of some of the ethical issues (e.g. trust and duty, truth-telling, deception or selective non-disclosure) that confront nurses when trying to communicate effectively and ethically with the terminally ill patient. However, while the article is very useful in helping to clarify arguments it does not give a rule as to how one should decide. This literature is highly relevant to the case study as it explores the ethical issues of truth-telling as opposed to non-disclosure in regard to benefcence and non-malefcence and recommends that these decisions should be individualised. It points out that the patient may suffer psychologically if told the truth, or if the manner in which they are told is not conducted with extreme sensitivity. Note how this annotation: begins with the bibliographical details for the text (in APA 6th format) includes a brief summary of the contents/focus of the text includes critical comments about the text in this case positive comments, as well as comments about limitations of the text evaluates the relevance of the text for the assignment topic. Related Quick Guide Summarising and paraphrasing

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