"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
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
2. http://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/wastewater.htm vs http://popplanet.org/PopPlanet/issue.cfm?countryid=2&iid=5
Research - use the library subject guides and individual databases to research your topic:
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.