Annotated Bibliographies of Work-Family Research

Activity Description:



The purpose of the annotated bibliography is to become familiar with relevant and reputable resources on work-family issues in a specific country. By reviewing the most up-to-date published information, scholars develop coherent ideas about how work-family linkages are contingent on concrete historical, political, economic, demographic, and social contexts. Discovering the best academic, governmental, and organizational resources is the first step in developing a country profile on work-family issues, but the process is often frustrating for novice researchers who are unfamiliar with the field. Thus, finding good sources is like detective work; it requires good investigative and analytic abilities, patience, and determination.


Find, read, and summarize the best publications about work-family issues in your focal country. Undergraduate students must have a minimum of 8 citations, and graduate students must have a minimum of 10 citations. You may use reputable newspapers, magazines, or web sites, but the most of your references must be professional journals, chapters in edited books, or books (5 of the 8 for undergraduates, and 6 of the 10 for graduates). The vast majority of your references should be journal articles or chapters in edited books, not full-length books, because you are responsible for reading your references in their entirety.


The annotated research bibliography must be single spaced, type written, and organized in the following way:

  • Center the title of your country profile on first line at the top of the page. Skip a line, and then center your name and date on the next two lines. Skip another line.
  • For each article, chapter, book, or website, please list the complete citation. Abide by the instructions on how to format references in the ASA Style Guide.
  • After the citation, skip a line, and then briefly summarize the central points •theoretical arguments and/or empirical findings • of the author(s). Do not copy or paraphrase the published abstract of journal articles or books.Compose your own abstract; use your own words and ideas about what is important about the article, chapter, book, or website, and pay special attention to its relevance for your research project. Limit each summary to one paragraph of approximately 150 words. Skip a line, and begin the next citation.


Turn in one paper copy to the professor, and post one electronic copy to Blackboard before the beginning of class on the due date. To do so, click on “Groups”, then “Group Pages”, then your country, then “File Exchange”, and then finally “Add File.”

Evaluation Criteria

(1=Poor   5=Excellent)

Offers informative & interesting title

1 2 3 4 5

Selects relevant and reputable references (good choices)

1 2 3 4 5

Demonstrates familiarity with & comprehension of references

1 2 3 4 5

Skillfully summarizes relevant info from references (good content)

1 2 3 4 5

Composes grammatically sound sentences (good writing)

1 2 3 4 5

Uses appropriate diction (clear, professional word choice & tone)

1 2 3 4 5

Follows all technical instructions, including ASA citation style

1 2 3 4 5

Posted bibliography to Blackboard BEFORE class

yes   no

Activity Source:

Sweet, Stephen, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Joshua Mumm, Judith Casey, and Christina Matz. 2006. Teaching Work and Family: Strategies, Activities, and Syllabi. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.