Though you may not have time to read an entire book for this project, you can use books in your annotated bibliography and presentation by reading selectively. Pay particular attention to the introductory chapter and conclusions offered in the final chapter. Look at the table of contents and skim chapters that look promising. This way, you can extract the main point of the book or focus on the part of the book most useful for your purposes.
- MnPALS Plus
The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. You can combine terms - crime and media, crime and gender. Books with call numbers starting with letters from A - PQ are on the upper level.
As you look for articles, focus on scholarly ones - those that are written by researchers who have studied the issues and present ideas with supporting evidence. Many scholarly articles are highly focused on specifics, so as you browse through your options, look for ones that seem relevant and not too technical for your purposes.
- Academic Search Premier
The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. You can limit your search by choosing "scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals" and by recent publication date. You might also want to use more specific search words than you do when searching for books, which are more general. Watch out for articles about crime and punishment outside the U.S. - chances are, you want to focus on criminal justice issues in the United States.
- Google Scholar
This search engine points toward scholarly research (articles, books, conference papers, some government documents) rather than all Web-based sources. One interesting feature of Google Scholar is that in includes a link to sources that cite a particular item. Look for "link to FullText @ Gustavus" messages on the right - those are available here. Not all of the articles in Google Scholar are free; if you see something that looks perfect but isn't linked to full text here, the library can probably obtain it through interlibrary loan.
Creating an Annotated Bibliography
Full-text backfiles to over 350 high quality scholarly journals. If you use the "modify search" option, you can limit your search to articles from recent years.
For information about how to annotate sources and some examples of annotations, see a tutorial at the Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab). To format your citations, see The Everyday Writer or the MLA models at Research and Documentation Online.
For help selecting and locating books and articles, see the librarians at the reference desk. Librarians are available most weekdays from 10am until 10pm and Sundays from 2pm until 10pm. For help summarizing and writing about your sources, take advantage of the excellent tutors in the Writing Center.
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