In this assessment, you are being asked to demonstrate a critical understanding of historical and contemporary professional knowledge in human service work or social policy; and its relevance to contemporary policy and service development.
Assessment Item 1 (Annotated Bibliography) asks you to:
The research you conduct for Assessment Item 1 can form the foundation of Assessment Item 2 so you might like to familiarise yourself with both assessment tasks from the outset.
For comprehensive instructions, you MUST view your Subject Outline. Make sure you have a very clear understanding of what you're being asked to do. If you're unsure, ask your lecturer.
Planning your approach from the outset can keep your research focused and save you time. Below is an example of the steps you might take to conduct your research.
Refer to your Subject Outline and your topic modules for clarity.
Take a few minutes to conduct a topic analysis. Brainstorm a list of keywords you might try to search for. Give some consideration to synonyms and related terms, as well as, phrases researchers or professionals might use to describe your issue or problem.
You might choose an area that interests you or that you'd like to learn more about. If you're unsure of different types of human service activities, conduct some background research into the topic. Make sure you choose an area of active policy.
Background research. Search Google and Primo Search for general information on your issue or problem first to develop your understanding. As you learn more, write down keywords that could be used to search for your topic. Combine your keywords with search techniques to refine your results.
Conduct independent research to locate 10 resources relating to your issue or problem using Primo Search, the Library databases and Google Scholar. Keep notes about your search process. These will be useful when discussing the research parameters you defined and the criteria you applied when selecting each resource.
Evaluating information is a critical skill. The CRAP Test evaluation framework has some prompts to assist you with evaluating the resources you locate.
Think carefully about the scope of your issue in relation to your assignment parameters.
If you have identified a general topic, set limits to narrow your focus until you find an issue to discuss. For example:
If your topic feels too specific, try using the techniques above in reverse to remove some of the limits. For example:
It's important to be flexible, and not feel too locked into the first version of your research question or topic. You can adjust your question to fit what you find; look for themes in the research, and articles that agree with each other or disagree in interesting ways.
The CSU Guide to Writing Your First Assignment (opens as pdf) describes an annotated bibliography as follows:
Annotate means to ‘make a note’, and biblio refers to ‘book’. Simply stated, an annotated bibliography is a list of sources or citations with a brief evaluative summary (annotation) about each source. Its purpose is to describe and evaluate a full text in a way that provides sufficient information for the reader to make an informed decision about whether they are likely to benefit from reading the full text (p.7).
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