Category Archives: tip

Slideshows for students in mentorship

Note-taking slideshow for students in a mentorship this year.

Note-taking for research

Right Topic, Right Tools slideshow for mentorship students.

Mentorship Research: Right Topic, Right Tools

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Posted by on September 21, 2017 in news, note-taking, tip


GS10 research overview

Slideshow for review by GS10 students on required source types, suggested resources (open access and in the library’s databases), how to distinguish scholarly studies from other sources that appear in scholarly publications, and other helpful tips.



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Posted by on September 14, 2017 in evaluating, planning, presentation, research process, searching, tip


Mindful learning & lecture notes

Slideshow for review by Biology students on mindful learning, traits of effective note-taking, how learning preferences influence thinking and note-taking habits, and how self-awareness and intentional practice can strengthen learning and note-taking skills.


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Posted by on September 14, 2017 in note-taking, planning, presentation, research process, tip


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