ARNP Program /Assignment



This Assignment has three parts to it. First, you will complete a set of readings. Next, you will use those readings to complete an annotated bibliography. Finally, you will write a one- to two-page reflection on the process you went through completing this Assignment.

As a graduate student, research is a focal point of your education; therefore, it is important for you to understand how to search for and to use only credible sources in the variety of scholarly papers that you will be expected to write. You will begin this Assignment by reading about the kind of research sources you are expected to use at this level of your education. Next, you will read about compiling an annotated bibliography, and then you will learn what a literature review is. It is important that graduate students know the difference between a reference page, an annotated bibliography, and a literature review. Read the following three handouts from the KU Writing Center before you go any further with this Assignment
Annotated Bibliography Assignment (Due Unit 3) (p 2)
•Academic Research Sources for Graduate Students. Retrieved from
•How to Write an Annotated Bibliography. Retrieved from
•Writing a Literature Review. Retrieved from
Annotated Bibliography Assignment (Due Unit 3) (p 3)

Your program culminates in a capstone project in MN 600 where you bring together what you have learned and present a project to the academic community. This Assignment gives you the skills and knowledge to begin collecting credible information needed for future assignments and experience with APA citation by creating your own annotated bibliography. As you read in the annotated bibliography handout, an annotated bibliography contains two main parts: bibliographic information (in APA format) and an annotation. Annotations vary, and for this Assignment, your annotations should provide a(n):
•Summary of the book, article, white paper, web-site, or other resource
•Evaluation of resource
•Application to your program and/or future research
Annotated Bibliography Assignment (Due Unit 3) (p 4)

For your annotated bibliography, you will annotate ten sources with at least five scholarly (peer-reviewed, evidence-based), three articles from professional and credible websites (i.e. NIH, CDC, etc.), and the remaining two your personal choice, although still credible sources. The topic should be related to your program of study (nursing education, nursing administration, nursing informatics, or advance nursing practice).

After you have compiled your annotated bibliography, reflect on the sources you used for this Assignment. For instance, consider the following questions, although you are not limited to answering them only. What difficulties did you encounter when evaluating the credibility of your sources? What questions do you have about the differences between a reference page, annotated bibliography, and a literature review? When do you think it would be helpful or when do you think you will use a literature review in your graduate studies?


One of the most important aspects of writing a literature review is finding the right sources for your work. A literature review is a critical analysis of a topic of interest.  This means that the sources used must be credible and valid. Establishing the validity and the reliability of the sources was one of the most difficult tasks I encountered. I had to come up with a criterion to ensure all the sources selected were valid and credible.  I considered three important factors in the criteria. First, the sources had to be peer reviewed article written in the last five years. Second, the source had to relevant to the study topic. Third, the source must have used a credible methodology with at least Level III of evidence.