WSDB 291: Library Guide
Though you can use our Sofia Discovery Search to find both books and articles on any topic, DON'T STOP THERE! -- also try any of these databases to identify academic resources related to the theme(s) of your close reading:
- MLA International Bibliography (language, literature, dramatic arts)
- Canadian Literary Centre
- Gender Studies Database
- LGBTQ+ Source
- Academic Search Complete (large & multidisciplinary)
- EBSCO tip: ** You can combine any/all of the databases above in one search by selecting "Choose Databases" at the EBSCO search screen
- GOOGLE SCHOLAR
TIPs: 1) click on the "Cited By" link underneath the citations you find to get more recent sources; 2) set up Google Scholar to find/access Concordia resources
- Contemporary Women's Issues
- See also all our speciallized databases in related subject areas
- For Quick Tricks 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
- Use the Findit@Concordia button within the databases to try and access the text of the articles. See also Help ACCESSING the texts.
- In addition to the databases above, use our Sofia Discovery tool to find books
- The Sofia Discovery tool can simultaneously search the catalogues of all Quebec university libraries, and of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. Under the Library facet on the left, simply select: Bibliothèques universitaires du Québec or Libraries worldwide.
- Google Books. Unlike simple library catalogues, this tool searches inside the pages of books. Once you have identified a useful book here, you can search for the print or ebook at Concodia using our Sofia Discovery tool.
*Warning: Though books (or book chapters/essays) can prove to be useful sources for your literature review, it will take more judgment and evaluation on your part to determine if they qualify as scholarly or peer-reviewed research. See the Help Evaluating section of this page for guidance.
- How to write an annotated bibliography (Concordia Library guide)
for general guidelines on how to write various kinds of annotated bibliographies, including a sample in APA style
- From the Purdue OWL Writing Lab:
- Writing an Annotated Bibliography (writing advice, University of Toronto)
**NOTE: YOUR PROFESSOR'S INSTRUCTIONS TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER ANY GENERAL INFO GUIDES OR EXAMPLES ABOVE.
IS IT SCHOLARLY/ACADEMIC/PEER-REVIEWED?
Your professor's instructions should always be the first criteria in determining what qualifies as an appropriate academic source. If you feel you need additional guidance in this area, however, you might find some relevant tips in the guides below.
- Our library tutorial on: How do I know if an article is scholarly or peer reviewed?
- A quick tip or quick video from our library guide about peer-reviewed articles
- Scholarly vs. Popular Sources guide from Berkeley (for book chapters as well as journal articles)
- Peer-review in 3 minutes (NCSU Libraries)
When evaluating the quality of a variety of material, the following library guide might provide some help: