Category Archives: citing

Citing government docs with Chicago

For students embarking on their Global Studies 10 research journey, the following resources may be helpful as a supplement to Noodle Tools when citing government documents in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style (a.k.a. CMS):

Even though the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style was published in 2010, because it provides less guidance about government documents than the 15th edition (1993), the older edition is generally consulted for this category of source.

As with ANY source you’re citing in Noodle Tools (or another citation generator), the citation generated will only be as accurate as the input you provide when you’re creating the citation.

The most critical step to citing accurately is pausing to determine exactly what type of document is on your screen or on the paper in front of you. If you’re not sure, ask a Social Studies teacher or a librarian.

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Posted by on September 27, 2017 in citing, news


Annotated bibliography resources

Are you creating an annotated bibliography for your GS10 paper or another project?

Need a few resources to support your success?  Here you go!  Note: The definition below and comparison with an abstract are adapted from a handout created by staff at Olin Library at Cornell University.

What is an annotated bibliography?

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and other documents, including, if applicable, multimedia documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the quality, affiliations/bias, accuracy, and relevance of the sources cited.

How is an annotation different from an abstract?

  • Abstracts are the descriptive summaries often found at the beginning of scholarly journal articles.
  • Annotations are descriptive and critical. In addition to describing the type of source and its scope and content, annotations critique the author’s credentials, point-of-view, affiliations/bias, and the degree to which their writing is clear, comprehensive, and appropriate in its tone/expression.

Annotation requirements vary by course and teacher, but generally an annotation should address the following: questions_an_annotation_answers (PDF).

Scholarly, trade/professional, or popular journal – How do you tell? 

Consult this checklist from Cornell University Library or this Peabody Library video:

Other evaluation resources

The ability to critique sources effectively is a core research skill.  If you have questions about this or another element of the research process, stop by the library.

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Posted by on November 3, 2016 in citing, evaluating, news, tip


Organizing for the new school year

itslearninglogo As you organize for the school year, remember to log in to itslearning, go to the Student Information course, and download the 2016-2017 password list (in the library folder). If you prefer a paper copy, drop by the library.
noodletoolslogoWhen you go to Noodle Tools, you’ll notice it has a fresh look and is now using the 8th edition of MLA, the citation style typically used in MLWGS English and Art classes. The good news in a nutshell: simpler citations. For an overview of the changes from the 7th to 8th editions, see the Modern Language Association site.
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Posted by on September 8, 2016 in citing, news


How to use sources effectively

As research paper/project submission time nears for GS 10, chemistry, stats, lit, seminar, and mentorship students, here’s a resource about using sources effectively you might want to add to your list of Favorite sites.

Harvard Guide to Using Sources

I especially appreciate the Integrating Sources section which includes examples of paraphrasing, etc.

If you already have a favorite online resource (or three) about using sources effectively, I’d love to see it/them too, so please share them with me at my gsgis email address (wdegroat) or dragonlibrary (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Posted by on February 1, 2016 in citing, news, research process, web site, writing and creating