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Educational Psychology: EDP 491

Find Relevant Resources

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Annotated Bibliography


Briefly explain the thesis of the resource - what is the main idea? what conclusions are made? Be concise!

Evaluate / Critique

See below for evaluation tips.


Why/how is this resource relevant to your overall topic? How does it differentiate from other resources?


See a sample annotation:

Let's try: What Would Evidence-Based Policy Look Like?

Evaluating Resources

Use the method below when critiquing a resource.

The CRAAP method

Currency (When?) 
When was the article published? If the article is on a website, when was the page last updated? Are links to other sites still active?

Relevance (What?) 
Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question? Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)? How does this source relate to other sources you're using?

Authority (Who?) 
Who wrote the article? What are the credentials of the author? How can I find out more about the author? Who is the publisher or what is the title of the journal? Is it scholarly? Is it peer-reviewed?

Accuracy (Where?) 
Is the information supported by evidence? Has the information been reviewed or refereed? Can you verify any of the information in another source? Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?

Purpose / Bias (Why?) 
What is the purpose of the publication? What does the author say is the purpose of the article? Is the article objective or is only one point of view presented? Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion? How does this resource apply to your own research?



Follow these steps when preparing your annotated bibliography:

  1. Find relevant resources
  2. Cite resources properly
  3. Annotate each resource

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