Research Proposal & Annotated Bibliography (Sharon Augustine, Fall 2013)

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This guide should contain all the information you need to complete your annotated bibliography assignment. If you have any questions or need additional help, please contact Lee Twombly. If Lee isn't available, use our Ask Jack Research Services to talk to another librarian for assistance.


Assignment #6: Research Proposal & Annotated Bibliography

Search Tips and Strategies:

General Search Tips and Strategies - This guide offers some suggestions on how to get started searching for the information that you need and some key features in the databases that you might have missed.

  • Some examples below are ways to brainstorm your specific topic of "social construction of the self":
    • identity development
    • construction of self image
    • What are some others? Think about the various topics and terminology you've discussed in class.


Finding and Evaluating Scholarly Sources:

Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Magazines - Need to find an academic, peer-reviewed, or scholarly article?  Check out this guide to help you identify what they are and how to find them.

How to Identify Scholarly Articles - Not sure whether or not you have a scholarly article? This guide describes the main features of most academic articles.

Evaluating Sources with the C.R.A.P. Test - Have you been told that the sources you use are crap?  This guide can show you how to evaluate and pick sources that will get you an A+ on that next assignment.


Tools for Locating Scholarly and Popular Articles:

Web of Science  - Provides detailed citations and abstracts for the top scholarly periodicals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Includes the Science Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Covers both domestic and international journals, open access resources, books, patents, proceedings, and Web sites.

  • Web of Science - learn how to use this citation database to find articles in the sciences and humanities. Follow the citation maps and/or cited reference searching guides for tracking scholarly articles.


Below are some examples of subject-specific databases for locating articles in a particular discipline:

Communication & Mass Media Complete — Provides access to quality research journals and publications in areas related to communication and mass media.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection — With more than 470 full-text journals, this collection covers topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.

Religion & Philosophy Collection — With more than 243 full-text journals, this collection covers topics in spiritual, ethical, philosophical, cultural, and historical aspects of the world's major religions.

Science & Technology Collection — Topics include aeronautics, astrophysics, biology, chemistry, computer technology, geology, aviation, physics, archaeology, marine sciences and materials science. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 1,700 publications.


Tools for Finding the Full Text:

Find Full Text - Look for an orange button with 'Find Full Text' along with the M/Bear logo embedded in our databases. When you click this button, you will have the option to view an article in another database, find the print journal located on the library's first floor, or request the article through Interlibrary Loan.

Journals A-Z - When you don't have the option to click the 'Find Full Text' button (particularly when using Google Scholar), use Journals A-Z to type in the journal title you need. This should take you to a list of database to choose from and find your article.


Don't Forget!

Log In - When searching for articles in the library's databases from off campus, you need to be verified as a Mercer student through the blue 'Log In' button located in the top right-hand corner of the library's homepage.