Research 1

Course #: SK504

About This Guide

This guide was created for SK504 students. It provides information about doing an annotated bibliography, finding peer-reviewed journal articles, and citing.

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is a reference list of sources on a topic. Each source has a citation and, below the citation, an annotation that summarizes, evaluates, and contextualizes the research (i.e. how this particular source fits into or differs from other research on the topic).

Picking a Topic

The more focused your topic is, the better. Even if you begin with a relatively broad topic, though, you can refine it as you search for articles and read. To focus your topic, consider specifying:

  • Who - e.g. are you interested in a particular population?
  • When - e.g. are you looking at the last 10 years?
  • Where - e.g. are you focusing on Canada? Ontario? Waterloo Region?
  • What - e.g. are you interested in foster care, or in a specific aspect or part of foster care?

You might want to think about creating a research question, as well.

Finding Articles

The Social Work Research Guide is the best place to start your research once you've chosen a topic. There, you'll find a list of subject-specific databases to search for peer-reviewed journal articles.

Reviewing the Research on Your Topic

Getting a good overview of your topic involves a lot of reading and you'll likely need to narrow down the sources you choose to include in your annotated bibliography. You might have a longlist of 20 sources that you shorten to the 15 most relevant sources.

Citing Sources in APA, 6th Ed.

You'll find the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association in the Social Work Library (BF76.7.P83 2010).


Did you know you can have one-on-one research consultations with your librarian? Please get in touch, I'll be happy to help!

  • 519-884-0710 ext. 4973
  • FSW 012 - you'll find me in the Social Work Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays or by appointment