Child Development 292 (01)
Seminar in Exam Option
Fall, 2013 - Sheri Hembree, Ph.D.


Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a list of references, each accompanied by a descriptive and evaluative statement (i.e., an annotation). Such annotations, usually about 100-200 words in length, serve two purposes: (a) to help you to critically evaluate your sources and, (b) to help you to develop and refine a topic of study. As part of your  preparation for your focal topic, exam petition, and the exam itself, four annotated bibliographies are required in the course, one for the focal topic of your choice, and one for each of the remaining sections on the exam list (theory, method, and context). The focal topic bibliography should include no fewer than 20 citations on your topic (using APA style), and should include at least 14 recent articles from peer-reviewed journals published in the last 5-8 years.

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