Usually, the first time someone does an annotated bibliography, it's because it was an assignment for a class. Annotated bibliographies have an important place in the research process whether or not they were assigned, though. Gathering the resources you plan to use and making note of how you think they will be useful helps set you up to write a successful paper.
Creating an annotated bibliography is a way to learn more about your research topic and to find out what other people have said about it.
If you are doing an annotated bibliography for an assignment, the first thing to do is carefully read the assignment.
You need to know:
While you are searching the databases, keep your research question in mind.
Try to start with a general HCC database like the ones listed below. Start your search with a general keyword related to your topic. For example, if your research question is "How does air pollution affect low-income people in Houston?", you might start with the keyphrases "air pollution," "low income," and "Houston."
If you are having trouble thinking of keywords, contact an HCC librarian through our chat service: Ask a Librarian. If we are not online, we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We have a complete list of all of our databases, which you can sort by Program, Subject, Format, or Vendor.
You don't have to read the entire article before you decide whether it will be useful. Here are some decision points. (A video walkthrough of the process is on the way.)
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