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Honors 100 Lusty, Dr. Heather: Annotated Bibliography

Starting points for your annotated bibliography and career assignments.

Things to consider

Your annotated bibliography will take quite a bit of time to complete, so keep these things in mind:

  • Start early.  This isn't the kind of assignment that you will be able to knock out the night before it's due.
  • Choose something that's really interesting to you.  It will make the time spent on this project more fun.
  • If you're stuck on what to write about, I'm happy to talk with you.  Use the button on the left to schedule an appointment.

Teaching and Learning Librarian

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Search term strategy

Expect to adjust your search terms when you are working with different databases.

  • For high-content databases like QuickSearch and our newspaper databases, focus your results by using more than one term, for example:  expertise AND "social media".
  • For more specialized or lower-content databases, like Credo for encyclopedias, using two or three concepts may narrow your results too much.  If this happens, reduce your search to a single term, for example:  expertise.

If it helps you stay organized, keep track of your sources in this chart (make your own copy)

Step-by-step Instructions for finding books and articles in QuickSearch

Find an academic encyclopedia article on your topic.

Specialized encyclopedias are great sources of background knowledge on new topics.  They can also provide leads on other sources to consult.

Use the library's CREDO database to find specialized encyclopedias on this topic.  Make sure your article:

  • Is at least 1000 words long.
  • Was published after 2010 (publication info is usually at the bottom of CREDO articles).

Find a recent news article on your topic.

The library offers several databases for news sources.  US Newsstream and Access World News are two of the best.  US Newsstream is a little easier to work with, but Access World News has more content, especially for Nevada issues.  Both feature filters on the left that let you narrow results by date, region, or news source.

Find a news article on your topic.  Be sure that your article is:

  • Substantial -- more than a blurb or an announcement.
  • From 2021 or later.
  • From a newspaper or magazine you have heard of before.

Find scholarly journal articles related to your topic.

The QuickSearch database on the library home page works great for this.  Just make sure to use the filter on the right for Peer-Reviewed Journals.

Use the QuickSearch database to find a scholarly journal article on your topic.  Make sure your article:

  • Was published after 2010.
  • Was written by authors with expertise that relates to your area of research.

Where do all of these databases come from?

QuickSearch is the search box centrally featured on the Libraries home page.  The other databases can be found under Databases A to Z -- the link is just below the QuickSearch search box.

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