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Thematic Studies

University College Thematic Studies research guide

Need paper topics?

Try browsing any of the reference materials or databases in this guide or any of the other guides located on the Libraries Help Guides page. Pick a keyword and use it to search the library catalog or Worldcat.  Browse the library shelves by call number range (see Library of Congress Classification chart below).  Flip or click through a journal or newspaper for current issues.

Writing an Annotated Bibliography

A bibliography is a list of sources used for writing a paper.  An annotated bibliography also includes a summary and/or evaluation.  It might include one or more of the following: 

Summary (what are the main arguments?)

Assessment (how useful is the source, is it reliable, is it biased?)

Reflection (how does it fit with your research?)

Here are some helpful websites with instructions and examples -

Avoiding Plagiarism

Citation Help in Databases


In Catalog Classic (books), click on Cite This (right side) from inside the record.  The citation will appear in the current versions of APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, and Turabian.


In databases (journal articles) such as those owned by EBSCO, after locating the article, click on Cite (in the list on the right). The citation appears in MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian formats.

Library of Congress Classification

Library of Congress

Tutoring Assistance

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