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Annotated Bibliographies

An annotated bibliography is a bibliography that provides a concise summary of the source as well as a citation. The purpose of an annotated bibliography is to provide an overview and evaluation of the source, and its relevance to the topic.

For more information about how to write an annotated bibliography:

Annotated Bibliographies from Purdue University

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography from Cornell University


Plagiarism is the use of other people's ideas and/or research without giving them proper credit. Plagiarism can occur both intentionally and accidentally, and can have serious consequences. If you have questions about how to properly cite sources, or if you need to cite something, ask a librarian, ask your instructor, or visit the links below.

Choosing a Research Topic

Browse the sources below to help narrow your topic and to develop a topic sentence. A topic sentence presents a general claim which you will examine through your research. It provides the focus for your topic and some key terms to use in searches. You will use the key terms to find research materials which will either support or refute your claim.


Magazines and Newspapers

Located in the LBCC Library's Reading Room (in the back of the library to the right of the stacks), current magazines and newspapers provide you with interesting, up to date topics for research papers. Magazines and journals for the current year are shelved alphabetically. Tilt the shelf up to find recent past issues.


Congressional Quarterly Publications

CQ Researcher is available as a database to LBCC students.

"CQ Researcher is often the first source that librarians recommend when researchers are seeking original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. Founded in 1923 as Editorial Research Reports, CQ Researcher is noted for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Reports are published weekly in print and online 44 times a year by CQ Press, an imprint of SAGE Publications.

Each single-themed, 12,000-word report is researched and written by a seasoned journalist. The consistent, reader-friendly organization provides researchers with an introductory overview; background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources."

Opposing Viewpoints

Opposing Viewpoints offers a wide variety of sources (opinion pieces, scholarly articles, newspaper stories, statistics, etc.) in one place. It is one the best sources to use when you are investigating a topic for a project.

The LBCC Library offers both the Opposing Viewpoints book series, as well as its online database. In the database, students are able to select a topic from the list provided or search by keyword all of the articles within the database. 

Subject Encyclopedias

Subject encyclopedias provide an overview of a topic and background information. They can also help you to identify key concepts in your subject area. Subject encyclopedias are found in the Reference Collection.

To browse a list of encyclopedias, do a keyword search in the LBCC Library catalog for "encyclopedia." To find encyclopedias on a specific subject, add a word or phrase related to your topic to that search. EX: health AND encyclopedia.

While Subject Encyclopedias are excellent resources for learning about a topic when you are in the early stages of researching a topic, as a general rule, do not cite Subject Encyclopdias in your bibliography. Instead, use what you've learned to find more in depth sources.