ES 410 Senior Seminar

"What 'ingredients' makes a good bibliography as it relates to a review of the literature on your major topic?"

A bibliography should include a range of sources.  Anything missing from the categories below begs the question – did you do a thorough review of the literature on your topic?

First Step - Evaluate the Information you are finding

A.   Source Type: What is "it" - book, periodical article, reference source, newspaper, blog, wiki, "gray literature", master’s thesis, correspondence, statistics, etc

B.    Evaluate the information by the following criteria

Authority
Bias/Purpose
Currency
Accuracy
Coverage/Relevance

C.    Scholarly vs Popular

D.    How many times is your source cited by other researchers?
         - New citation database - Scopus

E.    Journal Ranking – is the research published in widely respected journal

F.    Primary vs Secondary sources

 

My Topic Example: Wastewater treatment and wetlands in Nigeria

In-class evaluation of sources for my annotated bibliography

1. http://www.krepublishers.com/02-Journals/JHE/JHE-31-0-000-10-Web/JHE-31-1-000-10-Abst-PDF/JHE-31-1-47-10-2012-Egun-N-K/JHE-31-1-47-10-2012-Egun-N-K-Tt.pdf

2. http://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/wastewater.htm  vs http://popplanet.org/PopPlanet/issue.cfm?countryid=2&iid=5

3. http://www.chemeng.lth.se/exjobb/E496.pdf

4. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-012370626-3.00056-9

5. http://www.ciaonet.org/wps/wwics10491/wwics10491.pdf

6. http://voyager.smcvt.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=444036

 

Research - use the library subject guides and individual databases to research your topic:

CIAO

Greenfile

Google Scholar

Google Books

 

Skill Set

A.   Can you “mine” an article’s work cited list for resources?  When you find a good source, use the sources in that papers works cited list for your bibliography
- See Journal Finder

 

B.    RefWorks - Use your RefWorks account to save, organize, and publish your sources in APA Style.