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Library Adventure - Annotated Bibliography

Self-paced exercise for students to follow in teams - to ask questions about FINDING and ANALYZING their sources. Focused on UMBC, but adaptable for your local University/College. Helps students create an annotated bibliography. ENGL 100

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Library Adventure - Annotated Bibliography

  1. 1. WEEK 5 WORKSHOP WEEK What to do when you’re not in conference with a Writing Fellow or Ms. Walters
  2. 2. PROPOSAL POSTED? TIME PLANNED?  Make sure you have …  posted your Research Proposal in BlackBoard.  recorded all deadlines in your own planner  blocked out time for finding research, reading your research, exploratory writing, revising your writing, researching more, rewriting, and editing.  It can be helpful to observe your patterns – do you prefer to write in large blocks of time? Can you read in short bits of time between classes? What times of day are most useful for you to work?
  3. 3. LIBRARY ADVENTURE Due in Week 6  Videos: At the AOK Library Page, under the Resources/Tutorials button and under the BlackBoard  Library Awesomeness section, you can find videos to watch & rewatch.
  4. 4. LIBRARY ADVENTURE (1-3)  Goals of Paper – what is your research question? What is the goal of your paper?  What are the goals of your TEAMMATE’S papers?  Suggest keywords for each other.  Suggest subject guides to use.  Remember, it can often be helpful to use several for slightly different approaches.
  5. 5. LIBRARY ADVENTURE (4)  Note the databases that seem most useful for your topic, as listed in the subject guides.  (If your chosen database is not published by EBSCO (the one we watched in class) , watching the tutorials for that particular publisher can be helpful and discovering advanced features of your databases.)
  6. 6. LIBRARY ADVENTURE (5-6, 12)  If you or any of your teammates have:  physically explored the library (browsing the area of the stacks with resources relevant to your topic),  or logged in from off campus using research port,  used any “ask-a-librarian” features,  Please discuss and share those experiences.
  7. 7. LIBRARY ADVENTURE (7)  Compare and contrast the type of information you find when you look for articles…  from a general database (such as Academic Search Premiere, allowing general magazines/newspapers in the search.)  the same database, but limited to scholarly journal articles  databases for specifically focused on your area (such as PsyInfo, ERIC, MedLine, MLA, CWI, etc. – find them through your subject guide!)  from the “front page” of the library site, using the “AOK One search” under the articles tab.
  8. 8. LIBRARY ADVENTURE (8-9)  When using your specialized database, what was the most useful change in your search terms? (using “AND” “OR” or “NOT”? Using a phrase in quote marks? )  When using your specialized database, what was the most useful “checkbox/dropdown limiter” for your search? (Year? a subcategory? age? Gender? type of study? Feel free to specify something else.)
  9. 9. LIBRARY ADVENTURE (10)  ) Find 2-3 scholarly articles (from journals or specialized encyclopedias) that sound exactly like what you’re looking for. Did they live up to expectations? (and what were those expectations?) If not, might they still be useful for the paper as a point of departure, as something to disagree with? (Be sure to get full Bibliographic information for them.)
  10. 10. LIBRARY ADVENTURE (10 – FOR TEAMMATES)  Find 1 scholarly articles (from academic journals) that sound exactly like what you think each teammate is looking for.  Take turns for each topic, and everyone share what they found.  If the target-teammate likes what you’re finding, share your search strategy.  If your finding was off the mark, discuss why, so everyone can get a clearer understanding of each topic.
  11. 11. ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY  Note that it’s due end of day, Friday, October 2  6 sources are required for the AnnoBib (but only 4 in the final paper)  This is because you’re allowed to “reject” some sources after your careful analysis  You may also add sources later without going through the AnnoBib process  Read the assignment sheet carefully!
  12. 12. ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRPAHY - HINTS  Summary:  If you were trying to find this source in a stack of 20, how would you describe it?  Think of what makes this source DIFFERENT from the others.  Think of the journalist questions: Who*, What, When, Where, Why, How.
  13. 13. MORE ON “WHO”  Note WHO is being studied. (Often studies are done at universities on male athletes because they are easily “standardized”- in other sections you may evaluate how applicable the study is to other populations)  Also note WHO is doing the studies – this is what leads to the context analysis section.
  14. 14. ANNOBIB CONTEXT  When was this written/published? How does that affect this article? (technology available? Societal views? Should you be using more recent material?  Who is the author? What affiliations do they have?  Where was this published? What is the focus of this journal or source?  What kind of study is this?
  15. 15. ANNOBIB ASSESS  Is this source useful for your purposes?  Think of the “trigger” and “goal” – why does it seem the author wrote this, and what is his or her goal for those reading it?  Do the conclusions match YOUR interpretation of the data? (You don’t need to be an expert, but does it feel “flaky” to you?)
  16. 16. ANNOBIB REFLECT  What are your plans for the source?  How has it changed how you think about the topic?  What does this source now make it clear you need to know next?
  17. 17. ANNOBIB FINAL PARAGRAPH  After you’ve found and annotated your sources, don’t forget to review them in context of each other.  Which was most helpful? Why?  What did you learn that was surprising?  What is your current working-thesis statement?

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