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Evaluating Research- General Nursing

Evaluating Research- General Nursing

Evaluating Research Module  100%

 Weighting :

  • Annotated Bibliography (80%)
  • Attendance: 5%
  • 15 minute team presentation of a primary research article: 15% arranged by the seminar convenor.


Annotated Bibliography Guidelines:


Word Limit:        3,000 Words


Marks Weighting:         80%



Submission Date:



An electronic copy of your assignment must also be submitted online.


A front sheet and declaration that it is the student’s own work must accompany your assignment also.




Evaluating Research Module Assessment Guidelines:




 Annotated bibliography


The annotated bibliography will be completed at the end of the module and will be marked by your Journal Club lecturer (worth 80%). See following pages for details.


Submission of the annotated bibliography should be a hard copy and an online submission  by Please be aware of the college policies on submission criteria and plagiarism.





Annotated Bibliography Guidelines.




The annotated bibliography provides an opportunity for you to practice summarising and evaluating the research articles you will be using in your research proposal in 4th year.  Thus the articles you use for the bibliography should be chosen with your research proposal in mind.


Writing an annotated bibliography is excellent preparation for a research project. Collecting sources for a bibliography is useful, but when you have to write annotations for each source, you are encouraged to read each source more carefully. You begin to read more critically and focus on your specific research question.


The student is required to identify and present 5 annotated bibliographies of your chosen topic which ultimately will be related to your 4th year research proposal.  This activity will be graded by the journal club lecturer and will contribute 80% of the total marks for the Evaluating Research module.



An annotated bibliography is a list of citations of contemporary primary research articles.  The annotation of 600 words  will critique the research process  and evaluate its potential contribution to your research proposal focus.


Annotations differ from abstracts which are descriptive pieces without critical or evaluative content. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the person reading it of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.




Process of Annotated Bibliography.


An annotated bibliography starts with the details of the article, the source followed by a brief annotation of approximately 600 words per annotation. There is a word limit of 3,000 words for the five annotations. Each element of the steps below are commented on for each citation.


The sequence should be as follows.


  • The subject/focus area of your literature review
  • Citation


Describe the strengths/weaknesses of the following elements of the research process using appropriate references.


  1. Literature review
  2. Research Design
  3. Data Collection Instrument
  4. Analysis
  5. Findings
  6. Conclusions
  7. Evaluation: What does this article add to your literature review.






Cornell University preparing an annotated bibliography accessed online @ May 15th 2012.


Kennedy-Clark S. Downey T.L. and Mort P. (2006) Annotated Bibliography

University of New South Wales Academic Skills Resources. Accessed online

@  May 15th 2015.


An example of annotated bibliography on home birth is available at{47703B4B-F93D-471B-AF39-EF394B7C46B9} Home Birth An Annotated bibliography accessed on May 15th 2015.