Senior Writers' Seminar:
Evaluating Sources for Annotated Bibliography
1. Getting Started - see our list OR click on Global Issues in Context
Explore a category and choose a topic of interest
Brainstorm some keywords to use for future searching; list 8 to 10 in your document
2a. Locate Books about Your Topic
2b. Locate eBooks or Reference Articles about Your Question
3. Finding Periodical Articles Related to Your Topic -- (newspapers, magazines & scholarly journals)
Search appropriate subscription databases (main database page) for your topic:
Investigate web sites for more established media, for example:
Keep re-searching and refer back to the list of keywords that you developed.
4. Review Your Progress with Mr. Berliant or Ms. Straube
We will have specific suggestions to help you research.
In preparation, ask yourself:
- Do I have a variety of types of sources?
- Have I narrowed my topic sufficiently for this assignment?
- Will I be able to argue convincingly? Or do I need more information?
5. Free Web Site Suggestions and Other Sources -- use your KEYWORDS
Look at organizations related to your topic, for example:
- Professional Organizations or official sites for sports teams
- New Trier Civic Engagement Project – links on local issues and politics
- Need statistics? check government sites, too.
Consider watching a documentary related to your topic
Use Google Advanced Search and Be sure to evaluate your sources carefully
- "It's Online; Is it On Target?" article with more tips from College Board
6. Find and include an example of "alternative" media:
For example, choose statistics/graph, map, DVD or video clip, song lyrics or poem, Ted Talk, primary source, etc. See us with questions.
7. Help for Your Bibliography: NoodleTools
ASK us if you have questions!
See Ms. Straube if you have forgotten your NoodleTools password.
Use MLA ADVANCED format.
Here is a link to a video tutorial.
8. Reflect on Your Research Experience
What sources were most helpful?
Whay would you do differently?
Still Looking for Ideas?
For more ideas, glance through some of the magazines and newspapers in Room A.
Check the "Need a Topic" libguide from Rice Library (University of Southern Indiana).
Brainstorm with your teacher and librarian.
Last Modified February 2013
by L. Straube with input from E. Berliant