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Resources for your research in horticutlure

Annotated bibliographies

For this assignment, you are being asked to prepare an annotated bibliography of your sources.

An annotated bibliography is both a properly formatted citation (in this case, using APA style), plus a paragraph discussing the source. Your discussion should briefly summarize the source, and also include some evaluative assessment of it. You may wish to tell your readers about the usefulness of a source for your own topic, how it compares to other sources on the topic, and how you will incorporate the source into your own work.

Be critical. What makes this a good resource, and why should it be shared?

The references in an annotated bibliography will be arranged just as you would a typical  reference list, but with the addition of your summarizing paragraph directly below each. While your reference is indented on the second line ("hanging indent"), your paragraph will be indented on the first line. See the examples from the guides below. Your annotations must be at least 150 words, and be written in paragraph format, not a bulletted list.

Bibliographic managers

Before you start your research, put some thought into how you are going to collect all those resources, and what the easiest mechanism will be for recording your comments.

Keeping the metadata about the resource (author, title, URL, etc) together with search terms and tools you used, as well as the notes you might want to make for each, will save you lots of time later.

You may have developed your own system that works for you, but below are two suggestions for tools to help you organize your results. The ultimate goal of your assignment is to contribute to a list of resources that will be shared, so having correct publication information will be critical for others to locate your suggestions.

Zotero is a free browser tool that keeps track of your articles and webpages, and creates citations in several formats. Sign up for a free account, and your personal library will be accessible from any computer with an internet connection.

Use Google Sheets to collect publication details, including the URL, of each item you find useful. Use a column to add your notes with your ideas about why you are selecting the item. It will be easily available to you anywhere you have access to Google Drive, and easily shareable with others.

Here's an example of what that might look like. Feel free to copy and use this one:


Other tools to be aware of:

Search strategies

USe the Advanced Search form in Summon to limit to geographic location. This will give you results focussed on the area you specify. You can also use the drop-down menus to restrict your terms to titles, abstracts, and more. USe the content filters to find newspaper and magazine content.








Try searching the key library databases below for articles topics of urban planning, food security, and green spaces. Look for articles that will present case studies and examples of policy from other jurisdictions.

Consider some of the following search terms and related terms:

Municipal food policy Food security Green space/parks/streets
Food charter Hunger food production
Local urban planning Food insecurity Gleaning/foraging
  Food desert Urban tree forests
  Ecosystem services edible landscape

Urban farming/ Urban agriculture


Or try these key journals:

Using Google better

Consider using Advanced Google Search.

  • limit to a particular municipality's site ie. (shortcut
  • consider limiting to pdf (shortcut filetype:.pdf)

Try Google Scholar for accessing peer-reviewed articles and publications on freely available sites and social media sites such as ResearchGate.

When searching from off-campus, go to  Settings > Library Links and add Kwantlen Polytechnic University Library to the search box. This will enable Google Scholar to add links to articles already in the Library's subscription.


Google Scholar Search