A) First steps
- Your OneCard is your library card. New cards should be automatically registered.
- You will be asked to log in when accessing paid resources from off campus
B) Find a focus
- Developing a research question (video 5:07)
C) Scholarly sources
For the annotated bibliography, you will need 10 sources, seven of which should be scholarly: peer reviewed journal articles, academic books, government reports.
- How Can I Tell if my Source is Scholarly? (video: 4:21)
- What is a Peer-Reviewed Journal? (video: 1:42)
- read each source and check reference lists
- start early: library staff can deliver items from other libraries
- keep track of where you look and the keywords you use
- don't pay for articles
- know how to combine keywords.
- See: Better searching using AND, OR, NOT (video: 4:24)
D) Books and government documents
1) Use the Primo Catalogue to identify items at Laurier, the Universities of Waterloo and Guelph, and the Annex
- Start with a narrow focus, then broaden to find more items
- Hint: for Canadian topics, try searching for specific provinces as well as Canada
- Check the facets at the left of the results page to focus your results
- In each book, check the tables of contents and indexes for your keywords
- Learn about call numbers
- Floor plans for locating books
- Check out books at main floor service desk
- Requesting books from other libraries
E) Scholarly articles
1) Identify articles using a database:
- CBCA Complete
- Articles from Canadian publications. Limit to peer reviewed.
- Look for full text links or try the "Get it at Laurier" button for more options
- Communication Studies @ EBSCOhost
- Articles for Communication Studies and related disciplines. Limit search to scholarly (peer reviewed) journals.
2) Need more articles? Search journal titles to track down references listed in articles and books.
F) News articles and Government sources
- Canadian News @ ProQuest
- search a large number of news sources published in Canada
- Collection of Canadian books and public documents
G) Other resources
- Creating an annotated bibliography (video: 3:37)
- APA style: citation examples
- How to cite in APA style (video: 4:00)
- Citation style chart showing APA, MLA, and Chicago Style (updated as of 2014)
Having problems? Don't hesitate to contact me: email, call (519-884-0710 x3384), drop in, or make an appointment. My office, L3-312, is one floor up from the main floor of the Library on the Waterloo campus. Come up the stairs, then walk straight ahead.