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by Lee Twombly Olson last modified Aug 08, 2016 09:09 AM

This guide is intended to help you complete your research assignments for this class. If you have any questions or need additional help, please contact , the librarian for this class. If Lee isn't available, use our Ask Jack Research Services to talk to another librarian for assistance.

Your professor has created a list of topics to choose from (see below). After you have chosen a topic, spend a few minutes brainstorming possible search words related to your topic. Think back to your readings and class discussions for some ideas. You should also try to think of any similar topics that might be confusing, so you can exclude those from your search. For example, with "A look at how money is changing", you might often get search results related to the futures market and stocks, so you may want to exclude those words from your search results. For ideas about how to format a search, check out this guide on search tips and tricks.

  • Effects of Multitasking: The Erosion of the Human Attention Span
  • Robots - Their Rights & Roles in Our Future
  • Books & Newspapers of the Future
  • Technological Singularity: When Artificial Intelligence Exceeds Human Intellectual Capacity
  • Universal Identity System
  • Social Networking Around the World
  • The New Landscape of Global Healthcare
  • Glass Cage: The Dangers of Too Much Automation
  • Space Tourism

Make sure to use the search tools in an online search engine, to limit your results to those published since January 1, 2011. The image below shows where to click to see this feature in Google.  Then select "Any Time" and "Custom Date Range." Also, be sure to try multiple search terms, and don't just pick the first item in the results - look through a few items and pick the best one.

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Finding Popular Magazine Articles:

To search the sites/magazines suggested by your professor, use Google's Advanced Search feature to search within a single website. This will allow you to also limit your results by publication date, which is usually not an available search feature on most websites.

You can also search within library databases for these articles. Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) has full-text access to several popular magazines that may be helpful - including Scientific American and Smithsonian.

Finding Scholarly Articles:

Depending on which topic you choose, there are a few different databases that will help you find articles on your topic:

Science & Technology Collection (EBSCO) - This database has relevant articles for the topics "Robots," "Technological Singularity," and "Social Networking." Make sure to use the advanced search features to narrow your search to the right time period and other parameters:

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Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) - This database contains relevant articles for the topic "Books and Newspapers of the Future." Again, use the advanced search tools to set your search parameters. Although they are in different locations, they look very similar to the image above.

Google Scholar - Google Scholar is similar to a database, but available to the public, and is less likely to have full text. Still, it is the best place to look for the topic "Universal Identity System." You may also want to try this resource for the other topics. To find the advanced search feature to limit your search, click the arrow in the main search box.


Use the Library Catalog to search for books on your topic. There are a few key things to remember about searching the library catalog:

  • Use Broader or General search terms. The catalog doesn't contain the full text of books, and sometimes doesn't have the Table of Contents or a summary, either. This means that it is searching for your keywords in a very limited number of places.
  • Try Lots of Different Words. The catalog search interface isn't very smart, and will not show you a book with the term "robots" if you searched for "robot." Use the search tips guide to help you if you get stuck - or ask a librarian.
  • Check the Location. The library catalog searches for items held in Macon, Atlanta, and the Regional Academic Centers, as well as ebooks. Be sure to check where your book is located. You should be able to access ebooks from anywhere, but you will need to log in if you're off-campus.

Instead of searching from the library homepage, go to the Advanced Search page to add other limits, such as the date range. In the catalog, be sure to search for books published after 2010, not 2011!

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

Annotated bibliographies are lists or resources about a specific topic. For more information about how to write one, please look at the tutorial "How to Write an Annotated Bibliography."

If you need help formatting your citations, please check out this guide on MLA style. If you need further assistance, librarians are always happy to help!

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