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BA1001: Time, Truth, and the Human Condition Guide: Research Sources

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Assessment task 2.3: Required research sources

You need to find one (1) scholarly academic book or book chapter, OR one (1) peer-reviewed journal article

Book reviews, encyclopedia or Wikipedia entries (either in print or online formats) are NOT acceptable.

You may be able to reuse these research sources for your poster assignment task, so choose carefully.

Identifying quality research sources:

Peer-reviewed item Identifying quality sources tips
Journal articles
  • Is the article’s purpose sharing research or entertainment?
  • Take advantage of peer-review limits when searching in databases and One Search
  • Are the authors affiliated with a University?
  • Does the article have an extensive reference list?
  • Does the work have a formal layout, e.g. an abstract, keywords, section headings?
  • Scholarly articles are generally 10+ pages.
Book or book chapter (print or ebook format)
  • Is the book’s purpose sharing research or entertainment?
  • Was the book published by a university press?
  • Check publisher websites to see if they specialise in publishing academic works, e.g. Routledge, Cengage, Pearson.
  • Are the authors affiliated with a University?
  • Does the book/chapter have an extensive reference list?

Find out more about identifying quality information resources for your assignment on the evaluating sources guide.

Assessment task 2.3: Typical components of an annotation

Topic Identify the topic
Information source
  • Identify the type of source (i.e. book, book chapter or journal article)
  • How you located the source (e.g. One Search, or a database such as ProQuest, Informit, J-Stor)
APA citation An APA reference of your selected information source 

A summary should be brief and highlight the key arguments and ideas contained in the source


Analyses the reliability and credibility of your source


An assessment of the usefulness of the source for the topic

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