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Getting Started on Library Research

University Scholarship Library Research Module 1 Annotated Bibliography Assignment Fall 2010
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Melissa Mallon

on 2 September 2010

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Library Research Library Research Module 1 Brought to you by: OWEN LIBRARY and the on Getting Started Figure Out What The
Assignment is Asking A 6-7 page paper most likely requires many more
outside sources than a 2-3 page paper.
What are the length requirements? What kinds of research do I need to do? Do you need primary sources (an original document
like a diary entry)?
Secondary sources (a work that discusses a
primary source (like an article))?
Both?
Don't hesitate to ask
your instructor if
you have questions! Determine the Scope Refine Your Topic Into a
Research Question or Thesis Identify Key Concepts in the Research Question or Thesis Decide What Types of
Sources You'll Use JOURNAL
ARTICLES WEB SITES Books can be found using the library’s
online catalog, PITTCat+.

MODULE 2. Articles can be found using the library's
online databases. MODULE 3. You'll find out more in MODULE 4. Authoritative web sites can be found using Google or a scholarly search engine. You'll find out more in You'll find out more in BOOKS What does the assignment ask me to do? Are you analyzing the work of others?
Are you stating your opinion? of Your Topic Explore topics and Encyclopedias Reference
Books Class
Readings Don't go or too broad . . . too narrow . . . or you'll find too much stuff. ex. "education" you won't find enough stuff. ex. "education requirements for
female particle physicists"
It will be hard to pick out sources for your bibliography if you have such a vague topic. You won't find enough sources for such a specific topic. Try to find a middle ground. If you're interested in how education affects a girl's future career, how about: "Girls who receive a well rounded education have more career opportunities to choose from." Pick out the main ideas or words in your research question/thesis.

These concepts will be the "keywords" you use to search for books in the library catalog and articles in the online databases. So using our thesis from earlier,
some key concepts might be: "girls' education" "literacy" "career opportunities for women" *You might need to try variations of these terms to find the most results (for example, in addition to "girls' education", also search "education and women") EVALUATING SOURCES Always remember to evaluate the information you find to ensure that it comes from a quality source.
Part of your annotated bibliography assignment requires you to comment on the relevance and reliability of your sources.
There’s an easy way to help you determine the accuracy and quality of a source. Just use the ….
Use the
CRAAP Test! C R A A P urrency elevance uthority ccuracy urpose = The timeliness of the information. = The importance of the information for your needs. = The source of the information. = The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the informational content. = The reason the information exists. Check out the
CRAAP Handout in the Blackboard Module 1 folder
for more info! find background info in: Now you're ready to start the Module 1 exercise. Be sure to Ask-a-Librarian if you need help! http://www.library.pitt.edu/john/ask.html
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