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)
- go to bit.ly/CS101Scholarly
- 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.
- Canadian Public Policy Collection
- use to identify government publications
- search for the titles in Google to read easily
- note when searching: the * (eg. canad*) does not work in this collection
2) Need more articles? Search journal titles to track down references listed in articles and books.
F) News articles
- Canadian News @ ProQuest
- search a large number of news sources published in Canada
G) Other resources
- Creating an annotated bibliography (video: 3:37)
- APA style: citation examples
- How to cite in APA style (video: 4:00)
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.