Friday, August 31, 2012

Annotated Bibliographies

To start with, a bibliography is a list of sources (books, journals, websites, periodicals, etc.) that you have used for researching a topic. Bibliographies are sometimes called "Reference Lists" or "Works Cited" lists depending on the citation style you are using (e.g., MLA, APA, Chicago). A bibliography usually just includes bibliographic information (the author, title, publisher, etc.).*

An annotation is a summary and/or an evaluation of something.

Therefore, an annotated bibliography is a bibliography that includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of your sources. Depending on your project or the assignment, your annotations may do one or more of the following:

Summarize: Some annotations merely summarize the source. What are the main arguments? What is the point of this book or article? What topics are covered? If someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say? 
Assess: After summarizing a source, you need to evaluate it. Is it a useful source? How does it compare with other sources in your bibliography? Is the information reliable? Is the source objective or biased? What is the goal of this source? 
Reflect: Once you've summarized and assessed a source, you need to ask how it fits into your research. Was this source helpful to you? How does it help you shape your argument? How can you use this source in your research project? Has it changed how you think about your topic?

Your annotated bibliography may include some of these, all of these, or even other features. If you're doing this for a class, you should get specific guidelines from your instructor!

To get a feel for what an annotation looks like and what it includes, here are some Example Annotated Bibliographies in different citation styles:

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pathfinder Tutorial Workbook

Are you working on the Pathfinder Tutorial and need to complete the Pathfinder Workbook or one of its seven modules? Follow the links below to download what you need. To complete electronically, open in Microsoft Word, click on the editable regions indicated by the highlighted [  ] brackets, and type your responses. When you’re done, rename and save your document.

Pathfinder Workbook (Complete)

Individual Modules:

Friday, July 22, 2011

eBooks on EBSCOhost (formerly NetLibrary)

eBooks on EBSCOhost (formerly NetLibrary) provides full text access to over 30,000 ebooks on all subjects, and comprises the bulk of the library's ebook collection. You may search for these ebooks either in the library catalog or in eBooks on EBSCOhost itself. See this brief video to learn more...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Zotero is a free citation management software that allows you to organize and save reference information, and quickly generate citations and bibliographies for your papers and presentations. Zotero requires that you have the Firefox browser installed on your computer or a flash drive, or you may install a standalone version of the software on your computer and use it with the FirefoxChrome, or Safari browsers. 

With a click, Zotero allows you to capture and store reference information from most of the library's periodical databases, as well as from popular research websites like WorldCat, Google Books, and AmazonYou may also install a free Microsoft Word plugin that allows you to directly import citation information from Zotero into your Word documents.

Zotero is easy to install and use, and most importantly it’s free! To get started, see this introductory video from Zotero:

The librarians at Holgate Library are happy to help you set up the Firefox plugin, flash drive, or standalone installations of Zotero on you personal computer or flash drive.

Zotero Installation and Plugin Tools

* For all downloads, please follow the included instructions or ask a librarian for help!

Google Advanced Search

Getting too many (or too few good) results with Google? Google's advanced search features can help you refine your search results and focus in on only the information you want. See this brief video to learn more...

Creating and Using An EBSCO Host Account

Creating a personalized EBSCOhost account will:

  • increase your ability to orgranize your research efforts.
  • allow you to save documents in a centralized location.
  • increase your ability to share information in group projects.
  • enable you to access your personal account in all EBSCOhost supported databases.

To create a personal account, follow these simple instructions:

Step 1: Click "Sign-in" on any EBSCOhost supported database

Step 2: Click "Create a new account"

Step 3: Fill in all information for required fields. Make sure to write down your username and password for future account use

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a powerful research tool for finding scholarly and peer-reviewed resources online. Google Scholar provides information and links to scholarly books, peer-reviewed articles, conference proceedings, dissertations, and more. Additionally, Google Scholar provides citation analysis for many sources.

On campus (or with the use of Library Links), Google Scholar includes links to Bennett College's own full text or links to the library's ILL form when full text is not available. See this brief video to learn more...