Annotated Bib Peer Review Autumn

Questions

◦Are the summaries detailed enough that you understand what the source is all about? Are there details that the writer included that are unnecessary to the summary? What questions are you left with after reading the summaries?
◦Did the reviewer evaluate the sources using the CRAAP test? Do you see criteria based judgements about each letter (currency, relevance,authority, accuracy, purpose)? What is missing?
◦Are the reflection sections complete enough that you understand how the writer responded to the sources? Could they include more information?
◦Based on these two entries, in what direction do you think the writer's research is going?
◦What questions are you left with after reading these entries?
◦What are these annotations' weaknesses?
◦What are these annotations' strengths?


My topic is dietary supplements and their effects.
Questions:
I'm having a hard time with the whole CRAAP test. I feel like my sources are good but then some of them I can't find too much information on the author, any suggestions on how to decide if a site is credible or not? Or what makes you decide not to use a source?

Ussher, J. M., H. Malson, C. Dewberry, and J. Noakes. "Quality of Life Research." The Relationship Bewteen Health Related Quality of Life and Dietary Supplementation in Britsh Middle Managers 3 (1994): 96. JSTOR. Springer, Feb. 1994. Web. 07 Feb. 2014.

Summary:
This article is about an experiment that was done in a double blind controlled trial, there were 95 middle aged managers involved in the experiment. One group was taking dietary supplements and the other was in a placebo condition. The point of the experiment was to see how the dietary supplements may or may not have improved quality of life. In the end they decided for those on a poor diet, dietary supplements may improve their quality of life health wise.
Assess:
This source is useful and reliable. The researchers were from the Psychology Department at London University and Birkbeck College. The publisher is a company called Springer which specializes in writing journals, articles and books about science, technology and medicine. They have some of the best scientists in the world writing for them. The article is objective because it evaluates the two different angles. The point of this article is to find out how dietary supplementation affects the quality of life.
Reflection:
I think this could be helpful in my argument but it’s a fairly short journal so there wasn’t quite as much information there as I would have hoped. It didn’t exactly change my views about supplements because I tend to stick with being “natural” instead of using supplements to help my body.

"U.S. Food and Drug Administration." Dietary Supplements. Food and Drug Administration, 08 Nov. 2013. Web. 09 Feb. 2014.

Summary:
This article is a question and answer page about dietary supplements. It talks about the benefits, such as helping you get a good intake of nutrients but explains that it doesn't replace those specific foods you need in your diet, like fruits and vegetables maybe. It also talks about some possible risks that could come with these supplements, such as, biological effects to the body. It's kind of warning us not to do/ take supplements with certain things, instead of prescriptions or too much of something can be bad as well.
Assess:
This source might be on the edge of being able to use it. It's hard to find information about the author but the FDA is who wrote it, which is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is responsible for protecting public health by assuring the safety of things such as veterinary drugs and supplements. This article is objective because it gives both angles from which the supplements could be viewed. The point of this article is to let people know the different effects a supplement can bring to you and what to do if you want to find out more information on a specific supplement or what to do if something goes wrong.
Reflection:
I think this would be helpful in my paper because it gives the risks that go along with taking supplements. It also gives some good information on who's responsible for the safety of dietary supplements. It didn't change my views but there was definitely some helpful information that I could use from this.


Kayla DeJong:
1. I think both your summaries are good, they sum up what the article is about and nothing else, which is how it is supposed to be.
2. I think you should mention if there were links, if so if they were credible enough to show evidence for the facts presented. I think this is important to show that the information is accurate. Also maybe mention a little about the currency of the article would be helpful.
3. I think your reflections are solid.
4. Over all I would say the only major thing I see is that you need more detail in your assessing the article. To do this just use more info you gathered from your CRAAP test. Otherwise it's pretty good!
5. Answering your question about author background try googling their name, that helped me!


Carly Dietrich

1. Summaries are solid. They get to the point and don't drag on at all!
2. I also think that including links would be beneficial to you bib, if you show they have links they immediately become more credible.
3. Reflections are good!
4. The only thing that I would look into again would maybe be trying to find a better source than the FDA one if you feel that it might not be as good as it should be. I just don't want you to run into problems later when we actually have to write the paper!
5. I am having the same problem…I tried google to but that didn't even work, but that is for sure your best bet!

If you have tremendous trouble finding anything about the author, that might be a red flag, unless the host organization is highly credible. —Hamann

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