INT 201 Davis
This guide contains information and sources to help you complete your annotated bibliography assignment. If you need any further help, please contact Amy Gratz (information at right), or ask to a librarian at the Ask Jack desk.
General Tips for Your Assignment:
- Read the chapter or section of the book assigned for the day of your presentation ahead of time - this should give you some information on your topic to use as a starting point.
- If you are assigned to Weil or Foer, check the endnotes for your chapter for potential sources. Ask a librarian if you need help locating a source from a citation, or check out this guide.
- If you're unfamiliar with your topic, do a little searching on the internet, looking for keywords and phrases that are specific to your topic.
- Brainstorm search terms with the other students in your group - the same search terms and phrases may work for more than one of these topics.
- Try to find at least 6 potential sources, and read all of them so you can pick the best 4 to use for your assignment.
Useful Information and Guides:
Scholarly vs. Popular Sources - a refresher on how to distinguish between the two, and why you need to use scholarly sources
Search Tips and Strategies - some basic and advanced search techniques that we went over in class, to help you search more effectively
Evaluate Sources with the C.R.A.P. Test - a refresher on the basics of evaluating sources and determining which to use
How to Write an Annotated Bibliography - goes over the key components of an annotation, including the most important aspects to include, and some examples
Don't forget that you will need to log in to access most of these resources from off-campus!
Discovery — an EBSCO service allowing you to search multiple databases and the library catalog simultaneously. This is a great place to get started, and may be all you need - but I recommend checking out some of the following, as well!
Multidisciplinary databases - good for any topic:
JSTOR — An online archive containing back issues of scholarly journals in many disciplines. Use the advanced search page to narrow by discipline. Although included in Discovery, articles in JSTOR can be hard to find there.
Research Library (ProQuest) — a general database providing articles on a wide variety of topics, most of which are NOT included in Discovery. I highly recommend changing your search default from "Anywhere" to "Anywhere except full text" in the dropdown box. This will bring back more focused and relevant results for most searches.
Web of Science (Web of Knowledge/Thomson Reuters) — Provides detailed citations and abstracts for the top scholarly periodicals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. This is also a great resource for "pearl-growing!"
Environmental Databases - good for agricultural and environmental topics:
Environment Complete (EBSCO) — Offers coverage in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more.
GreenFILE (EBSCO) — Covers scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
Philosophy Databases - good for ethical topics:
Philosopher's Index (EBSCO) — Covers the fifteen fields of philosophy: aesthetics, axiology, philosophy of education, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of history, philosophy of language, logic, metaphysics, philosophical anthropology, metaphilosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of science, social philosophy, and the philosophy of religion.
Religion & Philosophy Collection (EBSCO) — covers topics in spiritual, ethical, philosophical, cultural, and historical aspects of the world's major religions.
Other Databases - good for a variety of topics:
SocINDEX with Full Text (EBSCO) — SocINDEX with Full Text offers coverage from all subdisciplines of sociology, including abortion, anthropology, criminology, criminal justice, cultural sociology, demography, economic development, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, politics, religion, rural sociology, social psychology, social structure, social work, sociological theory, sociology of education, substance abuse, urban studies, violence, welfare, and many others.
PsycARTICLES (EBSCO) — Definitive source of searchable full text articles on current issues in psychology.