This guide is designed to help students in years 10 and above. The guide is particularly relevant to students doing the VCE extended investigation subject. See also the simple annotated bibliography help guide.
An annotated bibliography is a list of the resources you have used to support your work. Unlike a reference list [bibliography], an annotated bibliography also includes a short summary and your evaluation. Your annotated bibliography should include a reflection that explains why you have used, or not used, the item in your own work.
Always check your rubric and ask your teacher if you need to submit a reference list [bibliography], or an annotated bibliography, with your submitted work.
Your annotated bibliography helps you:
Your annotated bibliography should:
Check with your teacher first, but ideally your annotated bibliography should include the following:
(1) Citation, (2) Introduction, (3) Aims & Research methods, (4) Scope, (5) Usefulness, (to your research/ to a particular topic), (6) Limitations, (7) Conclusions, (8) Reflection (explain how this work illuminates your topic or how it will fit in with your research), (9) Article keywords if the author has made them available. See the following example for details.
Key: (1) Citation (2) Introduction (3) Aims & Research methods (4) Scope (5) Usefulness (to your research/ to a particular topic) (6) Limitations (7) Conclusions (8) Reflection (explain how this work illuminates your topic or how it will fit in with your research)
[1.] Satterthwaite, D. (1997). Sustainable cities or cities that contribute to sustainable development. Urban Studies (Routledge), 34(10), 1667. Retrieved from https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=anh&AN=9711195452&site=ehost-live&scope=site&authtype=sso&custid=mggsvic
[3.] "This paper outlines a framework for assessing the environmental performance of cities in regard to the meeting of sustainable development goals...and healthy cities" [4.] The authors look at both the developed world and developing world and note that there are many different components to sustainable development. For example "environmental, economic, social, political, demographic, institutional and cultural goals have been said to be part of sustainable development'  While this paper is now twenty years old, and there has been considerable progress made in identifying and determining sustainable development,  this article is particularly useful as it provides clear framework to measure the work of other authors, as well as the research in my paper.  The authors conclude that cities have an impact that extends beyond the urban boundary and also make the point that because cities have more dense populations than rural areas, the environmental and health 'costs' are often less on a per capita basis than rural areas.  Google Scholar indicates it has been cited by many other authors https://scholar.google.com.au/scholar?cites=16682000983773443425&as_sdt=2005&sciodt=0,5&hl=en have cited this paper. As a result, this is an important foundation paper for my research.
 United Nations. (n.d.). Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Sustainable Development Goals. United Nations. Retrieved from http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/cities/
 This website is the official online platform used by the United Nations to provide up-to-date high level information about the global goal to make cities sustainable. [3 & 6] While the research methods that underlie the content on this site vary, it is a  useful clearing house for information on  government, community, and business projects relating to sustainable cities.  As such it provides an important reference point for my introduction and literature review and helps ensure my paper acknowledges the current state of play.