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ENGL 102 - English Composition II - Ihlenfeldt

Getting Started

From your instructor:

"For the annotated bibliography, students need 12 sources.  Students must make use of the following four types of sources: books (at least two print or ebooks), periodicals (academic periodicals and/or scholarly journals), newspapers, and Web.  Other types of sources may be used in addition to the above mentioned four."


In-depth, detailed coverage of a topic and background information.


This includes scholarly journals and academic works aimed at professionals in a discipline or industry.


Up-to-date, national, and regional information for a general audience.


Wide variety of information that can includes newsfeeds from blogs or news websites.

Information Needs

Your Information Needs

It doesn't matter how good a source is or where you find it if that source doesn't match what you need. There are a few things that will impacts what you need and where to look: what your instructor wants you to use, how much time you have to get the source, and what kind of information it gives you. 

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Data & Facts

Look for statistics based resources related to the topic from government agencies, organizations, or original research articles.

scholarly article showing author's professional background

Expert's Take

Look for scholarly research articles, books, or other works written by someone who has demonstrated expertise as well as interviews with those individuals. One of of our journal databases can help you!

example news article about discrimination against black marijuana farmers

Latest Information

Look for news websites, broadcasts, and social media.

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Look for sources that share points of view on a topic, such as blogs, editorials, social media, and opinion polling agencies.