Due Date: May 16, 2000
- Write your research question and a brief description of your
topic: approximately 1-5 paragraphs (no more than 2 pages). You
may explain why or how you selected the topic.
- The description should include at least one documented
piece of information from one of your cited sources. Parenthetical
documentation should be used to document the source. (For an
explanation and examples of parenthetical documentation, see
Find 20 sources that you might use to do research for a
term paper on a topic of your choice and arrange them in MLA
bibliographic format. (If you have a particular reason for using a
bibliographic format other than MLA, please contact the
Minimum requirements for different types of sources
to include within the total of 20:
- At least 2 of the sources should be books.
- At least 6 of the sources should be magazine or journal
articles (more scholarly journals are preferred, but this will
depend on the topic.)
- At least 1 source should be an article from an encyclopedia or
other reference source.
- At least 1 source should be a newspaper article.
- At least 3 sources should be information on your topic found
on the Internet. If possible, try to include at least 1 site with
- Include a citation for at least 1 book review article that
reviews a book in your bibliography.
- Include annotations for at least 3 sources. Extra credit for
more than 3 annotations. (Include any annotations immediately
following the citation for that source in the bibliography.)
- Optional: 1 e-mail discussion group may be included
- List subject headings from the LC Subject Headings that are
related to your topic.
- Include a general search worksheet for your research
- For each of the following databases or print reference tools,
complete a pathfinder worksheet, i.e. list the the subject
heading(s) or search terms (include fields, if used) used to find
books or articles related to your topic and the number of records
found for each search:
- any encyclopedia (online or print), e.g.,
- at least one Infotrac database (e.g., Academic ASAP)
- at least one newspaper index or database (e.g. Proquest
Direct databases or SFGate)
- at least one (preferably several) of the following subject
- WilsonWeb OmniFile Fulltext Mega, ABI/Inform, BIOSIS,
ERIC, PsycInfo, PAIS, Medline or other scholarly periodical
databases (from the Web or Dialog).
- PLS WebPAC catalog
- InvestiGator (SFSU) online catalog and/or Melvyl (UC)
- at least one Lexis/Nexis (online) file or one Dialog
- at least one World Wide Web selective directory (e.g.
Librarians' Index to the Internet, InfoMine, Scout Report
- at least one World Wide Web search engine (e.g.
NorthernLight, AltaVista, InfoSeek, HotBot, etc.)
- at least one subject-specific World Wide Web database (see
Databases on the Web)
- optional: one index to e-mail discussion groups
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