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.
- University vs. high-school research (video: 6:33)
B) Finding a topic
- Developing a Research Question (video: 5:07)
- learn how to focus your topic
C) Scholarly sources
You will need five scholarly sources for your annotated bibliography.
- How Can I Tell if my Source is Scholarly? (video: 4:21)
- scholarly sources can include books, book chapters and journal articles
- read each source as you go along; each one will lead to more
- keep track of where you look and the keywords you use
- start early (library staff can deliver books and articles from other libraries)
- don't pay for articles: the library pays for you!
- use Boolean searching:
- Better Searching Using AND, OR, NOT (video: 4:04)
D) Learn about your author
Search Literature Online for your author; look for biographies and other reference materials.
E) Finding books
Use the Primo Catalogue to identify books at Laurier, the Universities of Waterloo and Guelph, and the Annex
- use the "books" tab
- start with a narrow focus, then broaden to find more results. Examples:
- George Herbert Prayer [very narrow search: few results]
- George Herbert [broader search: more results]
- Sonnets English early modern [alternative search: different results]
- where are the books at Laurier? See floor plans
- Check out books at main floor service desk
- request books from other libraries
- Requesting books from other libraries in Primo (video: 1:40)
Don't want to read a whole book?
- Check the table of contents (at the beginning of each book) to find a chapter on your topic. Also check the index at the back for keywords.
F) Finding scholarly journal articles
Every discipline has a key database for finding journal articles. For English, use:
- MLA International Bibliography
- identifies articles, books and book chapters
- limit your search to language = English
- Search journal titles to track down references listed in articles and books
- Finding a journal article when you know the title (video: 3:50)
- Creating an annotated bibliography (video: 3:37)
- Improving your thesis statement (video: 5:25)
- MLA style: selected resources
- How to cite in MLA Style (video: 3:40)
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.