For this assignment, you are required to write an annotated bibliography for one research article related to the topic of your Culture Paper. The bibliography should reflect the research you are doing related to your cultural group—for example, older adult widowers or English language learner students. Or your research can be related to your problem of interest—for example, coping with the death of a spouse or support of student mentors, respectively.


  1. You will write an annotated bibliography for one research article related to your Culture Paper. The annotated bibliographic entry for each article should be two to three paragraphs for a total of no more than four pages in length.
  2. The OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab has a good guide to writing annotated bibliographies; you are encouraged to follow the format outlined on this site specifically relating to the summarization, assessment, and reflection. Following are excerpts from the Purdue guide and should be used to direct the writing of your annotated bibliography.
    1. Summarize. Some annotations merely summarize the source. What are the main arguments? What is the point of this book or article? What topics are covered? If someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say? The length of your annotations will determine the degree of detail of your summary.
    2. Assess. Is it a useful source? How does it support the focus of your paper? Is the information reliable? Is this source biased or objective? What is the goal of this source?
    3. Reflect. Ask how this source fits into your research. Was this source helpful to you? How does it help you shape your argument? How can you use this source in your research project? Has it changed how you think about your topic?
  3. Write your annotated bibliography in your own words. Do not use the abstract of the article as your annotated bibliography.
  4. The articles you select must be at a graduate level. All must come from academic/professional-level referenced journals. You cannot use articles from introductory nursing journals (such as RN, AJN).

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