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Comp 100: Overview

What's an Annotated Bibliography?

Research Therapy: What's an Annotated Bibliography


Developing a Search Strategy

Evaluating Sources with CRAAP

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Currency - When was it published?  For websites, when was the last revision? Does your topic require the most current information?

Relevancy - How well does it relate to your topic? Who is the intended audience? Does this satisfy your information need?

Authority - Who is the author? What are the author's credentials or affiliations? Are they qualified to write on this topic?

Accuracy - Where does the information come from? Is the information supported by evidence? Does the author cite their sources?

Purpose - Is the purpose to inform, sell, entertain or persuade the reader? Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda? Can you identify any bias?

Evaluating Websites

Tips for Writing Annotations

As you review your source think about the following:

  • What is the main point?
  • How does the author support their claims?
  • How is it relevant to your topic?
  • What did you learn?

Your annotation should include:

  • A summary of the source's content
  • An explanation of:
    • why it is relevant to your research
    • why the source is credible 
    • how you would use this in your research

Search Tips


Boolean Searches

  • AND: searches for all of the search terms.  Using *and* in between search terms will narrow your search.  For example
    • women and prohibition  
  • OR: searches for at least one of the search terms.  Using *or* in between search terms will broaden your search. For example: 
    • women or female 
    • prohibition or temperance 
  • NOT: excludes the search term immediately after the NOT operator.  Therefore, use "not" in front of a term to ensure that the search will not include that term. For example: 
    • alcohol not drugs 
  • Phrase searches
    • Please quotation marks (“ “) around the words that you want to be search together as a phrase. For example:
      • "Eighteenth Amendment" 
      • "Women's Christian Temperance Movement" 
  • Wildcard searches
    • The use of the asterisk (*) is a wildcard that most databases all you to use to search a root word and variable endings to broaden search results.  For example: 
      • latin* (retrieves "latin," "latins," "latino," "latinos," "latina," "latinas")

Finding Stuff at the Library

To search for books and articles at the same time use ► OneSearch (aka: giant search box on library homepage)

To search for just books use ► Library Catalog

To search for articles and conference proceedings that focus on Computer Science topics check out ► Specialized Databases  

Careers in Computer Science ► Occupational Outlook Handbook

MLA Citation Style

MLA Quick Guide - by Eric Garcia

MLA Online Style Guide - a comprehensive guide created by the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers -the library has several print copies of the official MLA handbook

Sample MLA Annotated Bibliography