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Different search tools have different contents, different full-text access levels, and different search features. Familiarity with different classes of search tools can help you make an appropriate choice to fit the project.
Search engines like Google return searches with volumes of results, most of which is not scholarly in content.
Discovery tools (like Monroe Library's "QuickSearch") search the contents of our catalog and most databases. Results vary widely in format, formality, full-text access, and discipline. A discovery tool can be useful for beginning research or interdisciplinary assignments.
However, for most projects requiring scholarly research in the journal literature of a particular discipline, a disciplinary database is your best bet. Monroe Library collects links to such relevant databases on their subject Research Guides.
Please conduct a search on your own topic in SocINDEX, using the tips offered in this module. Then choose three (3) recentscholarly, peer-reviewed sources relevant to your topic.
Write an annotated bibliography profiling those three sources. For the annotated bibliography,
Write your topic as a full sentence or question at the top of the page.
List all three sources using the citation style recommended by your professor.
Under each source, write one short paragraph of 2-4 sentences. In each paragraph, give a brief summary of the article and explain how you think the article would be useful for a research project on your topic.
Submit the assignment as a Word or pdf file, according to your professor's instructions.