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According to the Purdue OWL website, an annotated bibliography is “a list of sources (books, journals, websites, periodicals, etc.) one has used for researching a topic. … Therefore an annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources.” For more information see the website Annotated Bibliographies at Purdue OWL

A literature review, on the other hand, is “a summary of what the scientific literature says about your specific topic or question.” For more information see the website Types of APA Papers at Purdue OWL

The Northcentral University Academic Success Center has a lot of great information about writing and formatting a literature review or an annotated bibliography. To access this information click Forms of Writing, in the left side bar menu on the Academic Success Center website. 

Finally, for additional information about conducting literature reviews, please see the following resources from the NCU Library:

Aveyard, H. (2010). Doing a literature review in health and social care: A practical guide (2nd edition).Berkshire, GBR: Open University Press.

Card, N. (2010). Literature review. In N. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of research design. (pp.726-729). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Chaffee, S., & Lieberma, D. (2001). The challenge of writing the literature review. In A. Alexander, & W. James Potter (Eds.), How to Publish Your Communication Research. (pp. 23-47).Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Ford, N. (2012). How to do a literature review. In The essential guide to using the web for research. (pp. 53-81). London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Literature Review. (2004). In Donna M. Mertens, & John A. McLaughlin (Eds.), Research and Evaluation Methods in Special Education. (pp. 35-50). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Literature Reviews. (2001). In Bruce A. Thyer (Ed.), The Handbook of Social Work Research Methods. (pp. 400-413). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc

Literature Reviews and Bibliographic Searches. (2006). In V. Desai, & R. Potter (Eds.), Doing Development Research. (pp. 209-222). London, England: SAGEPublications, Ltd.

Race, R. (2008). Literature review. In L. Given (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of qualitative research methods. (pp. 488-490). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Thomas, D. R., & Hodges, I. D. (2010). Doing a literature review. In Designing and managing your research project: Core skills for social and health research. (pp. 105-131). London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Writing a Literature Review. (2006). In N. Walliman (Ed.), Social Research Methods. (pp. 182-186). London, England: SAGE Publications, Ltd


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