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If I am not around, the librarian at the reference desk will be glad to
What do these library words
from Hunter Library, Western Carolina University.
- A list of the resources you used to write your
paper. An annotated bibliography
also gives brief information about the content of each resource and its
usefulness for the paper or project.
- A specific combination of letters and
numbers assigned to a book that indicates the book's location on the
shelf. Each book has its own unique call number. You find the
call number on the bottom of the screen in our catalog. You need
the entire number to find the book.
- Information about a source
that contains the author, year of publication, volume number, page
numbers, title of periodical, etc. A periodical index or database will
provide a list of citations. The library catalog gives a list of
citations of books. Your bibliography will be a list of citations of
sources you used for your paper.
- According to the
United States Copyright Office in the Library of Congress, copyright is
"a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title
17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,”
including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other
intellectual works" (http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html#wci
Copyright law protects both published and
- The entire text of the article (or other
document) is available from the database, ready to print from your
- A periodical containing a collection of
articles, usually written by scholars, presenting information in a
particular area. Examples: Journal
of Adult Protection, Journal of Family Violence, Social Work Research
Taking information from another
source and passing it off as your own. This may be done by not giving
credit for a quote or a passage of information or by deliberately
copying a written work or downloading a paper from the Internet.
- "Primary sources represent the basic
sources of raw information" (p. 519 of the St. Martin's Handbook
(1989), edited by Andrea Lunsford and Robert Connors, St. martin's
Press: New York).
Examples of primary sources include autobiographies, letters,
interviews, diaries, memos,
statutes, speeches, financial reports, and news from live reports,
eyewitness accounts, and news reports of an event. The Senior
Letters that you will use in our Archives are primary sources.
- An item that has been selected by your
instructor for you to read. The items are located in our circulation
area. You check them out, but can generally use them only in the
library for a few hours. Careful, there are fines for late return!
- Also referred to as
"Peer-Reviewed" or "Refereed," a scholarly journal features articles
that usually contain original research (qualitative or quantitative),
citations of other works, and have been reviewed and selected by other
scholars in order to be published.
Source or Resource
- This can
be a book, a journal article, a video, a website, a CD etc. We
distinguish between primary and secondary sources.
general things that
you need to know for any library research assignment.
For a refresher on how to do
go to Painless
To evaluate what you find on
go to Evaluating
Web Resources (from Widener University). Look in the
left-hand column under "evaluate web pages" for relevant links.
Or, if you want to have some fun, check out the Internet
To recognize and avoid
work with these sites:
its nature and consequences (from Duke University Libraries)
what it is and how to recognize and avoid it (from Indiana
get books and journal articles from other libraries
use our Interlibrary Loan Service. It works like this:
Go to the library
Choose Library Services, then Interlibrary Loan. You will
find two request forms, one for books and the other for journal
Ask a librarian for help the first time you fill out one of these.
Note that it may take one week or longer for the materials to get
Also, make sure you do not have any overdue books or outstanding
fines. Everything must be cleared up before interlibrary loan
requests are processed.
What follows are useful
hints and links for your Film Review Paper and Annotated Bibliography
To find books
connect to the library
and choose Books, Videos
at the top of the list. Then select MCLN Catalog.
Also search for online books. The link is right below the
MCLN Catalog link.
Not all of our ebooks are in our catalog. You may want to
search our entire ebook collection by clicking on the ebooks link
and then choosing NetLibrary.
If we do not have the books you need, look in WorldCat
for books anywhere in the
world. The link is located below the link to ebooks. If you
find something that is useful, obtain it through our Interlibrary Loan
Service, described above.
You are required to use scholarly or peer-reviewed sources for this
assignment. How do you know if a book is scholarly or
peer-reviewed? A book published by a university press
is most likely scholarly. A book with an editor and contributions
by individual authors could also be scholarly. To be sure locate
the book in the stacks and see who the author is. Another
indication of scholarly are footnotes or endnotes and a bibliography.
find journal articles
The databases listed below
are a good start.
These are big, full-text databases that cover all subjects.
You must specify that you want to retrieve only peer-reviewed,
will need to put together an annotated bibliography, using APA style
Proquest Research Library
use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological
, located in the library reference section (R 808.06615
or connect to a page from Duke University Libraries that shows you how
to cite a variety of materials, using APA Style.
For an even simpler approach, use the Landmark
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updated by Chris Nugent, with input from Ali Climo.
Last updated: September 11, 2006