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IDS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry

A guide to doing the annotated bibliography and literature review for IDS 302

Other IDS Guides

IDS 301 Disciplinary Maps 
Guide to creating a disciplinary map for BIS 301.

IDS Organizational Studies
Guide to research resources for the BIS Organizational Studies program.


Above are the links to files to useful handouts that are available for download.

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To find scholarly sources for your Annotated Bib and Lit Review, use the Find Articles: Research Databases tab above.

Annotated Bibliography Assignment

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

An Annotated Bibliography is a list of all the sources you are going to use to write your paper. "Annotations" are short paragraphs that describe and evaluate each one of those sources separately. 

How to Prepare an Annotated Biblography is an excellent resource to understand exactly what an annotated bibliography is, select appropriate resources and suggest useful language for the annotations.

Literature Review Assignment

What is a Literature Review?

An overview of the significant literature published on a topic. Rather than evaluating each source separately, a lit review is written in essay form, and explains how each work is similar to and how it varies from the others.

For more detailed information, see How to Write a Literature Review.

Primary/Secondary Sources - What is the difference?

While there are many explanations, here are two clear library guides, each worded differently to help understand the difference between primary and secondary sources.

Ithaca College: Primary & Secondary Sources

Boston College: English Literature: Selected Electronic Resources: Primary Vversus Secondary Sources


Learn what peer-reviewed means, how to limit your searches to peer-reviewed journals, and determine if your journal is peer-reviewed.

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