Brief Annotated Bibliography

Instructions

This questionnaire is a step-by-step walkthrough on how to write an annotated bibliography.

In the course of filling up this questionnaire, we will ask you to come up with a research topic and some keywords to help you research it.

We will also ask you to find books, articles, and quality web pages about the topic you chose.

In each case, we will ask you to provide both a citation for your source and a brief annotation, where you explain why you chose this source for your research project.

This questionnaire includes a glossary with definitions and explanations. click the link to refer to the glossary for more help.

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Part 1: choose a relevant topic and formulate a research question

The first and most important thing we need is a topic and research question .

Let's type our topic and research question in the spaces below:





Part 2: find keywords and develop an initial search strategy

Now let's use our research question, along with an encyclopedia or dictionary article, to find keywords to get us started with our research.

Here are some links to encyclopedias and dictionaries where you can find keywords and key concepts for your topic:

Credo Reference (need MyMHCC ID and password for access)
Oxford English Dictionary (need MyMHCC ID and password for access)
Wikipedia
Merriam Webster Dictionary
Urban Dictionary

Type the keywords you find in the spaces below:

Part 3: find a book citation using the library catalog

Let's use some of the keywords we found to search the library catalog for a book and get its citation. Click here to go to the MHCC library catalog.




Part 4: find a citation for a journal article from the library databases

Using those same keywords, let's find an article from one of the library databases. Click here to go to the library databases available through the MHCC library.




Part 5: find a citation from a reliable source on the web

Lastly, let's use a web browser and our keywords to find a web page we can use for our research.




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