Welcome! Read the boxes on this page to learn how to approach the research for your COMM101 assignments. Then click on the "Database Tutorials" tab above to watch tutorials on some of the databases. Click on the "Library Lingo Decoder" tab above if you are unsure of library terms. Click on the button under Margaret's picture to email her a question.
An Annotated Bibliography is simply a list of the sources you consulted, paraphrased from, or quoted in your paper, but each item also has a description. Follow your professor's instructions on this because I have seen different kinds of annotated bibliography assignments. Generally, there should be a brief summary of the article. Don't stop there, though: most instructors like to know how each article relates to the topic and how you used it in your unique paper.
Check these sites for ideas and clarification on Annotated Bibliographies:
Citations are how you let your reader or listener know where you found information. Anything you use that is not your own idea, original thought, or not common knowledge should be cited. Usually, you'll signal to the reader that you're attributing something to another author by putting their last name in parentheses after the borrowed material. You will then include a list of complete citations at the end of the paper. These entries will show the author, source, date of publication, and other information needed for the reader to find the source to learn more.
APA is simply the style of citations you are using in this course. APA stands for American Psychological Association, but this style is used frequently in all of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Communication, and other disciplines.
At Bucks, the Academic Success Center (formerly the Tutoring Center) is the authority on citations. They've produced some great handouts on various topics in writing, and their APA handout is especially useful. Find it linked below along with the Purdue OWL's APA website. If you would like to sit down with a tutor to discuss citations (yours in particular) make an appointment at any of the three campuses. The Academic Success Centers ore found either inside or near the Library.
Hi Students! I've created this research guide, or LibGuide, to assist you in writing your papers for COMM101. Specifically, you will be using the Library's Databases to find articles to write about (the Thought Papers), or articles to support your own ideas that you present in your writing (Thought Papers, Research and Analysis Papers, and the Final Paper). Find the list of available databases on the Library's website by clicking on the 'Databases' button. By using the Library's Databases, you will find a good selection of the right kind of information to use in your assignments. Scroll down to the next box for guidance on which databases to use for each assignment. Click on the "Database Tutorials" tab for tutorials on some of the databases.
You will also find help here on how to create an Annotated Bibliography and how to cite your sources in APA style. Look to the left column for this information.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. Click on the button under my photo to the right to send me an email. If you are on-campus at any of the three Bucks campuses, you can also stroll into the library and ask the librarian on duty for help.
Best wishes for a great COMM101 course and a great semester!
First, determine the name of the assignment you are working on. Then, find it in this list: