For more information on identifying scholarly resources, see this Library Guide from Georgia State U.
To learn more about the parts of a scholarly article, see this Library Guide from U. of Albany
Criteria to use when assessing the quality of the information you find and deciding which sources to use for your research
Not all information resources are created equal! Be sure you think about what kind of information you are using. Some quick guidelines:
U. of California, Berkeley Library Guide for Evaluating Resources A guide to evaluating resources and distinguishing Scholarly & Popular sources.
An annotated bibliography contains your list of references with additional "annotations" following each reference. After each reference, you should provide three annotations: a synopsis of the findings in this resource, a critique of those findings, and how you plan to use this resource in your project.
There are many good sample annotated bibliographies online and explanations of how to build them. These are some worthwhile examples: