WSDB 290 A:
Library Tips for your Assignments
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:
Find Books: Use Discovery or 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!
- Use our Library Catalogue to find books at Concordia Library.
- Use Google Books to search inside the pages of books, then use a Title Search in our library catalogue to find out if we own the book you want. If we don't own the book use Interlibrary Loans or other library services
- Try Worldcat to search libraries worldwide, and Other Library Catalogues to locate books at McGill or other Montreal libraries.
- 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 sources for your bibliography and paper. 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
- Race Relations Abstracts
- TIP: you can search in all seven 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.
Encyclopedias can sometimes help you explore or define the broader issues and themes related to your research paper topic, and get ideas or references for your searches.
- Wiley Encyclopedia of Social Theory (2018)
- Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sexuality and Gender Studies (2016)
- Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements (2014)
- International Encyclopedia of Media Studies (2013)
- Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (2008, with selected updates to 2019)
- Search multiple encyclopedias simultaneously in Gale Virtual Reference Library
- **Relevant encyclopedias within this tool include the older Encyclopedia of Gender and Society (2009) and more.
Though encyclopedia articles often include bibliographies listing important books and articles, the encyclopedia articles themselves should NOT be considered as one of the 4-5 required sources in your proposal and term paper propasal and annotated bibliography.