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WSDB 290 B:
Library Tips for your Term Paper

Find Books: Discovery Search and Library Catalogue

Books can provide more in-depth information than articles, with more history and context.
You can use our DISCOVERY SEARCH box to find books but DON'T STOP there!


Though books (or book chapters/essays) can prove to be useful sources for your research paper, it will take more judgment and evaluation on your part to determine if they qualify as appropriate quality sources. See Evaluating Sources for some general guidelines.

Find Articles: Discovery Search and Databases

Articles can provide more recently-published material that books, on more specific scholarly topics.

Use our Discovery Search to find both books and articles from hundreds of sources, on any topic.

But DON'T STOP THERE! -- also try any of these databases to identify articles in peer-reviewed journals  related to your research topic:


**TIP: you can search any of the 6 databases above together by selecting "Choose Databases"


  • For Quick Tips on how to enter search terms in most of these databases, see this one-page CHEAT SHEET.
  • Click on the Scholarly/Peer-reviewed journals tab or checkbox in most of the databases above to limit your search to accepted sources. See also Evaluating Sources.
  • You can sort your results by Relevance or by Most Recent Date
  • You can also sometimes find relevant historical material by adding the search terms: history OR 20th to your search.
  • Use the Findit@Concordia button within the databases to try and access the text of the articles. See also Help ACCESSING the texts.

Bibliography & In-Text Citations Format

For help formatting bibliography references and in-text citations, see our Citation & Style Guides, especially these popular formats:

RefWorks can also help you keep track of your references and automate the formatting of bibliographies.

Encyclopedias for Additional Context

Encyclopedias can help you explore the broader issues and themes related to your research paper topic from an academic point of view.

**WARNING/TIP: Though they do NOT count as one of the 4-5 required titles for your annotated bibliography, encyclopedia articles often include bibliographies listing important books and articles relating to your topic. See Help ACCESSING the texts to find out how to get these books and articles

Literature Reviews for Even More Context

A small set of specialized scholarly journals contain ONLY articles which have as their main task to review or survey the literature related to a research topic. While none of these are specfically women's studies journals, you can still take a look at these:


  • Annual Reviews 
    (any of the Social Sciences Annual Reviews might be useful)

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