USCB Subject Guide for Speech, Communication, and Theater
Please use the tabs above to help locate quality resources for Speech, communication, and Theater research and study. If you have any questions or comments about this guide please feel free to contact us. Librarians are available to assist you in the research process at both campus libraries:
What is an Annotated Bibliography?
An annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of your sources. Depending on your project or the assignment, your annotations may do one or more of the following:
- Summarize: Some annotations merely summarize the source. What are the main arguments? What is the point of this book or article? What topics are covered? If someone asked what this article/book is about, what would you say? The length of your annotations will determine how detailed your summary is.
- Assess: After summarizing a source, it may be helpful to evaluate it. Is it a useful source? How does it compare with other sources in your bibliography? Is the information reliable? Is this source biased or objective? What is the goal of this source?
- Reflect: Once you've summarized and assessed a source, you need to ask how it fits into your research. Was this source helpful to you? How does it help you shape your argument? How can you use this source in your research project? Has it changed how you think about your topic?
Your annotated bibliography may include some of these, all of these, or even others. If you're doing this for a class, you should get specific guidelines from your instructor.
See the following link from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) for more information and some samples:
Call Numbers Explained
Our library uses the Library of Congress (or LC) classification system, an alphanumeric system which groups books by subject categories, or classes. You may be familiar with another classification system, the Dewey Decimal system, from previous experience at your shcool or public library. Most college and university libraries use LC because it allows for greater detail in organizing boks by subject area.
What is a call number?
A call number is like an address; it tells you where the book is located on the shelf. Each book, CD-ROM, journal, etc., has its own unique call number which is attached to the book's spine. A book's call number also appears in the catalog entry in the library's online catalog (OPAC).
This page from the Library of Congress offers both an overview of main categories and an expanded more detailed view.
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