Library Tips for your Assignments
Course Reserves can help you obtain required material for your courses, online or in person at the library.
- Here is a SHORTCUT
An annotated bibliography is required as part of your first assignment. Though your professor's instructions should always come first, for general guidelines and examples, see the library help guide:
For help formatting bibliography references and the in-text citations, use a citation style guide.
Here are two examples of citation guides for popular styles, APA and MLA:
- APA Style Guide - guidelines and examples prepared by Concordia Libraries
- MLA Citation Style - guidelines and examples prepared by Concordia Libraries
- see also many more style guides on our Citation & Style Guides page
Find Books: Use Discovery or CLUES
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!
- Use CLUES to find books at Concordia Library.
- Explore our ebooks by publisher. Try especially Oxford, Palgrave and Project MUSE for instance.
- See Simone's Library & Book List to find books at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute.
- Try Worldcat to search libraries worldwide, and Other Library Catalogues to locate books at McGill or other Montreal libraries.
- Use Google Books to search inside the pages of books, then use a CLUES Title Search to find out if we own the book you want. If we don't own the book use Interlibrary Loans or other library services
- See Related Library Services to find out how to obtain material from other libraries.
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.
You can use our DISCOVERY SEARCH box to find articles in peer-reviewed journals but DON'T STOP there! It is great, but may include too many sources that are not RELEVANT enough for your research.
Also search any of these article databases to identify material related to your research topic:
- America History & Life (Canada & U.S)
- Historical Abstracts (outside of North America)
- Academic Search Complete
- Gender Studies Database
- LGBT Life with Full Text
TIP: you can search in all four of these databases together by selecting "Choose Databases"
- JSTOR (includes many journals covering historical topics)
- Google Scholar
TIP: click on the "Cited By" link underneath the citations you find to get more recent sources
- With Canadian focus or containing Canadian material:
- Depending on the topic you have chosen, additional databases in Women's Studies and even other subject areas may also be useful for you.
- 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.
Try these quality online reference sources:
- Literature Resource Centre
- Oxford Reference Online
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
- Feminism in literature: a Gale critical companion.
**To see a list of 20th Century authors:
- use the Table of Contents and then choose a Volume covering the 20th Century
- When using the 3 sources listed above, don't just look at the list of search results. Explore the tabs and sidebar options as well.
- All of the other resources listed above for finding BOOKS and ARTICLES can also be useful for either identifying a feminist author or finding out more about the one of your choice.
- If you use web sites, be sure to carefully evaluate their quality. See Help Evaluating Sources below.