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WSDB 290 A:
Library Tips for your Assignments

Annotated Bibliography

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 popular styles:


ZOTERO is a free and popular citation tool that can help you create and format your bibliograpjy
(and our new alternative to RefWorkswhich will be phased out by April 2020)

To begin:

  1. Register for a free account
  2. DOWNLOAD the appropriate Zotero program for your computer and Connector for your browser
  3. Learn more via our Zotero help page or workshops


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!


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:

  • 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.


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.

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