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SYD 4800: Sociology of Sex Roles


  • The Abstract should be approximately two (2) typed paragraphs (though it can be longer)
  • It should indicate your topic and the arguments/points you will be making in your paper

See the following examples:

Annotated Bibliography

The main objective of this assignment is to develop an annotated bibliography of research related to gender in a particular subject area. The length of your bibliography is between 5 to 7 double-spaced typed pages. The length requirement does NOT include a cover page.

Required elements for the Research bibliography:

  • Include an explanatory abstract, stating the purpose of the bibliography (describe the bibliography and its value to your research rather than focusing exclusively on the research itself) in no more than one paragraph to set the context.
  • The bibliography itself shall contain a minimum of 8 citations. Consistent and correct citation format is required. Electronic sources must be cited in a proper, consistent format. 
  • Annotate these citations with anything from 1 to 3 paragraphs.
  • At least six (6) of these annotated citations should be critical notes on the value of research tools; the rest can be descriptive comments on the usefulness of the item or its value to your topic.

Evaluation - annotations should accomplish at least four (4) of the following:

  • Briefly describe the content of the source
  • Describe the focus or purpose of the piece
  • Identify the usefulness of the article or book
  • Pinpoint defects or limitations that the piece may have
  • Categorize the possible audience for which the article or book is intended
  • Identify what research methods were used in the piece
  • Speculate on the reliability and relevance of the article 
  • Describe the author(s) conclusions 

For additional help and examples, see the following guides and tutorials:

Sample Annotation (in APA)

Ehrenreich, B. (2001). Nickel and dimed: On (not) getting by in America. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company.

In this book of nonfiction based on the journalist's experiential research, Ehrenreich attempts to ascertain whether it is currently possible for an individual to live on a minimum-wage in America. Taking jobs as a waitress, a maid in a cleaning service, and a Walmart sales employee, the author summarizes and reflects on her work, her relationships with fellow workers, and her financial struggles in each situation.

An experienced journalist, Ehrenreich is aware of the limitations of her experiment and the ethical implications of her experiential research tactics and reflects on these issues in the text. The author is forthcoming about her methods and supplements her experiences with scholarly research on her places of employment, the economy, and the rising cost of living in America. Ehrenreich’s project is timely, descriptive, and well-researched.

*example from Purdue OWL

Citation Styles

For help and examples of citation styles, see the following UWF Libraries resources:

Tips for Finding Sources

1.  Books - search the library catalog

2.  Scholarly articles - search OneSearch and limit results to Peer-Reviewed Journals, or search in a subject database

3.  Authoritative online sources (websites) - use Google Advanced search to limit results to .edu or .gov domains

     Use the CRAAP test for evaluatng websites:

  • C - currency
  • R - relevance
  • A - authority
  • A - accuracy
  • P - purpose