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The Promises and Perils of Electronic Voting Machines - Sneha Narayan

In addition to the core CS literature search tools linked from the main page of this guide, here are some places that might help you build out your knowledge of voting systems and their implications.

All Our Data - Winter 2021 - Jeff Ondich

The Business of Data Brokerage

In addition to the core sources used for much CS library research, here are some tools that can help you understand the business of data brokerage.

Annotated Bibliographies

Evaluative annotations summarize key elements from a document, but also offer a critical evaluation about the quality or importance of the document. Aim for a short paragraph (3-4 sentences) that begin with a brief summary or restatement of the document's main claims and then offers evaluations that touch on things such as....

  • The importance of the work’s contribution to the literature of the subject
  • The author’s qualifications for writing the work and potential biases
  • Comparisons to other works on the topic
  • The accuracy of the information in the source
  • Limitations of the work

Annotations typically begin with a hanging indent and then continue in a single paragraph following the citation. For example:

K.W. Schaie. "Ageist Language in Psychlogical Research," Am Psychol, vol. 48, pp. 49-51, 1993. DOI:10.1037/0003-066X.48.1.49. An article on avoiding agiest bias in research, discussing objective research design and how to report what the research actually demonstrates without adding value-laden assumptions. Schaie's geneeral emphasis on how to avoid ageist bias does not offer any specific examples of ageism in research, but Schaie's approach to ageist bias provides an alternative perspective to the viewpoints expressed in other items in this bibliography.

Zotero for Bibliography Collection & Creation

I highly recommend Zotero for gathering your sources. Think of it as scholarly bookmarking that also allows you to categorize, take notes, and analyze what you've found. Then you can generate a bibliography of selected works as you prepare your annotated bibliography.

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