For this assignment you have to write an annotated bibliography that consists of five peer-reviewed primary sources that are cited in APA format. You will be using sources from this list in your lab report's introduction and discussion sections.
What do these words mean?
Annotated bibliography -- a list of citations to the sources you used or will use for your essay or research paper. Each citation is followed by a short paragraph (the annotation), that describes and evaluates the source using about 150 words. The purpose of the annotation is to inform your readers of the quality, relevance, authority, and accuracy of the sources you have picked. Check this guide for more information about annotated bibliographies.
Primary source -- a report of a study or experiment, written by the person(s) who conducted it. To determine whether your report/study is considered primary, look for a section titled Materials & Methods. If it has this section, then the report/study is a primary source.
Peer review -- This means that a panel of three experts in the field reviewed the article before it got published to the journal. Peer reviewed articles are considered of higher quality than non-peer-reviewed ones. Articles coming from journals that have the word "Journal" in the title are usually peer reviewed. When in doubt, ask your instructor, a librarian, or consult the Ulrich's periodicals directory (see this tutorial on how to do it).
APA citation format -- For this assignment, you have to cite your sources using the APA style. Here is how to do it.
Note: The annotated bibliography is one of the sections of your final lab report. To see how to write the entire report, go to How Do I Write a Biology Lab Report?
For this assignment, you are asked to have five primary, peer reviewed sources. You must use APA style for the citations.
How to conduct your research:
Do you need to read some background information on Callosobruchus maculatus? Here is some background information about the bean beetles, provided by Lawrence S. Blumer(biology faculty, Morehouse College) and Christopher W. Beck (biology faculty, Emory University).
Use your terms in these resources. Once you have your sources, visit the library's annotated bibliography guide to learn how to create your bibliography. To format your citations, please see the library's APA Citation Style guide. If an article you would like to have is not available through the library's databases, you may request it by filling out the Interlibrary Loan Request form.
Scientific studies can be hard to read, but you can make the reading a bit easier by following this method: