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CMN 696.04: Contemplative Media Studies (UNH Durham)

Resources and guidance for Prof. Kevin Healey's course

Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography includes a summary and often an evaluation of each of your sources. You may also briefly discuss how this source fits into your research.

Annotated Outline

An annotated outline is a detailed outline that shows how you plan to structure your final paper, and how you plan to cite your sources throughout. The sites below provide some examples:

Scholarly/Academic & Peer Reviewed Articles

Scholarly (aka academic) articles are written by and for academics, researchers, and experts in the specific topic or broader subject area of the article. Typically involves commercial or professional association publishers.

Peer reviewed (aka refereed) articles are those scholarly articles which have been reviewed prior to publication by other experts in the topic of the article. Often reviewers are external (not members of the journal's editorial staff or board).

Peer Review?

Check:

  • the database record for the article, which sometimes indicates whether a journal uses peer review
  • the journal website, especially under About Us or Information for Authors (Example)

Article Purposes/Types

Reports original research or experimentation

  • Empirical: uses data collected by the article's authors themselves or by others (for example, US Census data) (Example)

Critically surveys and analyzes the current state of published research on a particular topic; doesn't include original research

  • Includes narrative literature reviews, systematic review, meta-analysis, and meta-synthesis (Example)

Describes one or more theories, frameworks, models, etc. and tends not to include empirical data 

  • May describe development of a theoretical approach, compare theories, or discuss issues surrounding a theory (Example)

Comments on or offers a perspective or opinion on a topic; doesn't require original research

  • May appear as an article in a column, editorial, letter to the editor, etc. (Example)