Each student will be allocated a group, and the group allocated a metabolic condition. The ultimate goal is to create a well researched resource (the wiki resource) that you can use to assist in your professional life. Additionally, the resource will be shared with the world, creating an open education resource and tool. The annotated bibliography requires you to search for, evaluate and make judgements on the use of existing research. You will need to initially work as a team to make decisions about how to cover the relevant literature and complete the task of an annotated bibliography. Remember that the resource that you will need to create from the groups combined annotated bibliography is described in the Wiki Resource assessment

This item will be peer and self assessed, each student will assess two other students’ annotated bibliographies using the marking sheet. Students will self assess using the same marking criteria. These grades will be combined (the mean) and contribute 10% of the overall grade. The remaining 10% will come from the lecturer’s assessment, based on the same marking sheet).

Topics to be covered will include exercise and….

Each student should write an annotated bibliography on at least 8 references (at least 6 of these should be original investigations).

Guidelines on writing an annotated bibliography will be further explored in class.


  1. As a group, decide how you are going to cover the relevant literature so that you can create the wiki resource. Each person in the group should be responsible for creating an annotated bibliography of at least 8 references (at least 6 of these should be original references).
  2. Each individual in the group creates an annotated bibliography on their references. The annotated bibliography will be shared with everyone in the unit as a future resource.


The activity will be introduced in week 1 and discussed in the tutorial. In week 3 we can discuss an example of an annotated bibliography of one reference from any students wanting to bring one in. The assessment is due Week 5 (07/03 12 noon).


What is an annotated bibliography?

View the video above.

The video provides a good first reference to what is in an annotated bibliography, there are a number of other references posted below. In the video annotated bibliographies are described formally, but you may choose to create a fairly informal version. For the purposes of this activity, you will need to include enough information so that the annotations can be understood by others in the unit, but you may choose to include dot points rather than formal sentences. You do need to include your own summary of the research and critique. You will probably find it useful to include annotations about how or where this may contribute to the wiki resource. See the assessment rubric to gain further insight in to how this will be assessed.

Often its a good idea to use an electronic bibliographic tool/reference manager to keep your references and annotations. Examples include Endnote and Refworks. If you annotate directly into a tool such as this it is often easy to search for certain words and quickly format your references in a document. But this doesnt apply to formatting online documents (at present at least) and is not ideal for sharing annotations when it comes to creating the wiki resource. So you may also want to consider using tools such as delicious, an electronic document, a wiki or even pen and paper. Zotero is even better.

Other guidelines to writing an annotated bibliography

The Critique

There is even more information in this critiquing the literature resource.