Comparing literature reviews and annotated bibliographies
The following are examples of an annotated bibliography, a stand-alone literature review journal article, and a literature review within an empirical study.
- Oxford Bibliography: Poverty
- Desmond, Matthew and Bruce Western. "Poverty in America: New Directions and Debates." Annual Review of Sociology 44, no. 1 (2018): 305-318. https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev-soc-060116-053411
- Edin, Kathryn. "What Do Low-Income Single Mothers Say about Marriage?" Social Problems 47, no. 1 (2000): 112-33. doi:10.2307/3097154. (just the introduction and lit review)
With a group, discuss one of the above sources, focusing on the following questions:
- Can you find an example of theory mentioned in the text?
- Can you find an example of a debate in the field described in the text?
- Can you find an example of a methodology mentioned in the text?
- How is it structured? Specifically, what headings do you see and how do they organize the content?
- What purpose does this lit review or bibliography serve? Is it making an argument?