Annotated Bibliography Belinda Corniea

Copy and paste the following to the top of your annotated bib page (from the 'outside' of the page):

I found this research to be particularly interesting: I found this research interesting because I learned more about coffee than I thought was possible. I started off this research with not knowing about any of the benefits to drinking coffee or the negative effects coffee has on the human body.

This part of my annotated bibliography was surprisingly difficult: for me finding good sources to write about what the hardest part. I had a hard time trying to find sources with authors and publish dates. Also trying to find journals or newspaper about my topic was a little difficult too.

Next time I would do this differently: Next time I would definitely finish this project earlier than later. I didn't know that finding sources and summarizing them would take this long. This project was that difficult it was just very time consuming.

Van Dam, Dr. Rob. "Ask the Expert: Coffee and Health." The Nutrition Source. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2014.

Summarize: This article is about a professor answering questions about coffee that students had. Researchers have discovered that there isn't a correlation between coffee intake and an increased risk of death whether it is death from cancer, or cardiovascular disease. Another main point this article makes is that there could be some benefits to drinking coffee (may protect you against type 2 diabetes, liver cancer, and some other illnesses) but more research needs to be conducted. You're drinking to much coffee if you are experiencing tremors, feeling stressed, or having problems sleeping. Pregnant women should only drinking one cup of coffee a day. Caffeine goes through the placenta and fetuses are very sensitive to caffeine - the fetus metabolizes caffeine very slowly.

Assess: Even though this article is basically frequently asked questions about coffee, I still found this article helpful. It was easy to read and the information that it contains is relevant to my topic. It doesn't have a published date however; I think that the information is fairly current. This article is reliable because it was written by Dr. Rob Van Dam who is an assistant professor at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Rob Van Dam conducts research into the role of diet in the development of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. This article is objective because the assistant professor is answering questions that students had about coffee. Therefore, the article is not biased but objective. The author's goal is to inform Harvard students about coffee by answering their questions about the topic.

Reflect: Overall I thought that is article was very helpful. I actually started off believing that coffee was bad for you but this article has some information in it that might make me change my mind. I think I could use this article as a source for my research.This article is a little on the short side so I won’t be using it as my foundation. It does have some good evidence that I could include in my paper.

"My Guide To Nutrition." Nothing found for Beverages Is-coffee-healthy-for-you %20or%20keyword. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2014.

Summarize: This article is more of a blog about how coffee is healthy for you if you drink it in moderation. There are some benefits to drinking coffee that can protect you from diseases like cancer, diabetes along with lowering and preventing high blood pressure in the body. Coffee also has been known to cure and reduce headaches. The caffeine in coffee gives us energy to deal with every day battles and gets us focused on the work that needs to get done.

Assess: This article has some decent information but I don’t think I can use this article as a source. There is no author listed along with no publish date. Without an author I feel like the information is not credible or reliable. The goal of the author is to inform their readers about coffee and how it’s actually healthy for you. The article is a little biased because the author states, “In my opinion is to be a normal coffee drinker not a heavy one everything is good when you consume a little bit of it”.

Reflect: Sure this article had some good points in it and it’s relevant to my topic, I’m not sure if I can use this as a source. I found some grammatical errors and some missed spelled words while I was reading this article. This article is very short so even if the information was reliable/credible I don’t think I would of used it in my paper.

Hensrud, Donald. "Coffee and health: What does the research say?." - Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2014.

Summarize: High intake of unfiltered coffee is correlated with small elevations in cholesterol levels. Other studies have found that two or more cups of coffee a day can elevate the risk of heart disease in some people with a slow metabolism (not being to breakdown caffeine fast enough). On the other had, there have been recent studies that have shown that coffee can protect against Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer and type 2 diabetes. However, large amounts of coffee can cause anxiety, sleeplessness, irritability and restlessness.

Assess: This article was very helpful source for my research. This article doesn't have a publish date so I am not sure if the information is current. The information that this article contains is very relevant to my topic. The intended audience is anyone who is worried that drinking too much coffee could kill them. The goal the author is trying to achieve is to inform his readers that drinking coffee isn't bad for your health. I believe that the information is this article is reliable because it was written by a doctor. There is a link that will take you to a page that tells you all about the author – Donald Hensrud, M.D. Donald Hensrud, M.D is directed the Executive Health Program at Mayo Clinic for more than 10 years. He received B.S from the University of North Dakota, M.D from the University of Hawaii, M.P.H from the University of Minnesota and M.S in Nutrition sciences from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I think that Donald Hensrud information is credible and reliable.

Reflect: This article is extremely short. It is only a couple paragraphs long. This article won’t be my foundation but I will include some of its information in my paper. This article helps me support my argument that coffee isn't all that bad for your health. This article is kind of like the other two that I've found – they each have similar information. This article was a little confusing for me. Half of the article talked about the benefits of drinking coffee and the other half talked about the negatives of drinking coffee/caffeine. I'm still not sure if I want to argue that coffee is good for you or if coffee is bad for you.

Troyer, Ronald, and Gerald Markle. "Coffee Drinking: An Emerging Social Problem." JSTOR. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2014.

Summarize: Caffeine acts a “powerful CNS stimulant” according to Goodman and Gilman (. Caffeine is known to create more urine and gas causing you to go to the bathroom more. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found a relationship between drinking coffee and bladder cancer (conducted in 1971). In the early 1960s, there were several studies showed that coffee induced birth defects in laboratory animals. Psychologists, in 1970, conducted a study to see if coffee has an influence on human and animal behavior. In the end, they linked caffeine consumption to mental disorders.

Assess: This source was very helpful and relevant to my topic. I think that this is definitely the best source that I have found so far. However, this article is from the 1984. The article is very out of date and studies/results about coffee have changed a lot since then. This article is actually a journal about coffee so the information that it contains is objective and not biased. I think the information in this journal is credible and reliable. It was written by Ronald J. Troyer and Gerald E. Markle. These two people have written other journals/books together. There are a lot of studies, sources and research included in this journal which helps make me believe that the information is credible and reliable.

Reflect: This journal was quite long and full of good information. I found this journal very helpful and it was relevant to my topic. The only thing that is bad about it is that it’s from the 1980's. This article is very old and the information that it contains is not current at all. I'm not sure if I could use this journal for my paper. I would like too but it's not current and a lot of things have changed since the 1980's. If this journal was from today I would probably use this journal as my foundation.

"Caffeine: How much is too much?." Caffeine. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2014.

Summarize: Drinking four or more cups of caffeine a day may cause: insomnia, nervousness, fast heartbeat, muscle tremors, irritability, and restlessness. Caffeine stimulates the CNS (Central Nervous System), increases wakefulness, improving focus and concentration. People who don’t regularly drink caffeine tend to more sensitive to its negative effects. Research has discovered that men are more vulnerable to the effects of caffeine than women. Some herbal supplements and medication may interact with caffeine.

Assess: I thought this article was helpful and it is somewhat relevant to my topic - the article was about caffeine. The article is short but it had some good information. There is no published date so I’m not sure if it’s current or not. It was written by the Mayo Clinic Staff which makes the information seem credible and reliable. Doctors wrote the article so it must be credible and reliable. This article is objective because it’s telling their readings how and why coffee/caffeine is bad. The intended audience is anyone who is worried about the effects caffeine has on the human body.

Reflect: I thought this article was useful and had some good information. This source was about how caffeine is bad for you. I’m not sure if I can use it because it’s not about coffee. If I can use it I won’t be using this source as my foundation because it’s too short. I've found a lot of articles about how coffee/caffeine is bad for you and this article helped me make up my mind. I am going to argue that coffee is not healthy.

McKinney, Merritt. "Coffee and cholesterol." N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Feb. 2014.

Summarize: More and more evidence have shown that coffee elevates cholesterol levels. Unfiltered coffee has more of an effect on cholesterol than filtered coffee. Studies have shown that filters eliminate a lot of the cholesterol-boosting matter, which is found in coffee. A study in 2001 has proven that drinking six cups of coffee (on average) had increased cholesterol and LDL levels. LDL is the harmful type of cholesterol. The increase of cholesterol is said to be caused by terpenes, oils. These oils are found in coffee.

Assess: This article is relevant to my topic and I found it helpful. It was good seeing other reasons why coffee is unhealthy. The article was written by Merritt McKinney. I tried googling Merritt McKinney and I couldn't find any information about the author other than what is at the end of the article – “Merritt McKinney is a health writer based in Houston”. I’m not sure if this article is reliable because I don’t know anything about the author. There is not published date but if he/she is using studies from 2001, the article might not be current. The intended audience would be anyone who drinks coffee and is worried about their cholesterol.

Reflect: I thought this article had some good points that are relevant to my topic. This article was a decent length so I could possibly use it as a foundation. I would like to use this source as evidence but like I said in the Assess paragraph I can’t tell if the information is reliable.

Landau, Elizabeth. "Coffee good for you, but it's OK to hold back." CNN Health. N.p., 18 Aug. 2012. Web. 13 Feb. 2014.

Summarize: There are antioxidants in coffee. Our DNA is being damaged by oxygen radicals and the antioxidants in coffee help prevent this from happening. Coffee lowers insulin and estrogen levels. Researchers have discovered that those who drink two 8-ounce cups of coffee (daily) seem to have an 11% lower risk of developing heart failure. Coffee may also protect against basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common form of skin cancer. According to a research that was conducted in the New England Journal of Medicine, an upsurge of coffee intake is connected with living a longer life.

Assess: This article had a little bit about the benefits of drinking coffee along with some of the negative effects that come with drinking coffee. This article was helpful and relevant to my topic. This article was lasted updated on August 18, 2012. The information that it contains is somewhat current. The article was written by Elizabeth Landau who writes and produces health and science content for She graduated from Princeton University with magna cum laude. She also graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. This article is reliable because the author writes stories for CNN. Their stories need to have legit information. The article is objective because it’s telling its readers about the benefits of drinking coffee along with some negative effects drinking coffee has to the body.

Reflect: This article was very helpful. I got some good information on why coffee is healthy along with some reasons why coffee is unhealthy. This article is a decent length, it is only a couple years old and it seems reliable. I would like to use this source in my paper. I’m not sure if it could be the foundation but it will definitely be used somehow in my paper.

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