Annotated Bibliography – Research-A-Thon

Theme: The Global Impact of the Haitian Revolution
The Haitian Revolution was the only successful enslaved revolution in the Western Hemisphere and the first successful independence struggle in Latin America. It would inspire anti-slavery and anti-colonial movements throughout the world. It would also inspire fear and calls for retribution among those who sought to perpetuate systems of oppression and exploitation.
1. Build an annotated bibliography of scholarly articles on the Global Impact of the Haitian Revolution;
2. Gather, interpret, and assess information from a variety of sources and points of view;
3. Demonstrate your ability to summarize, paraphrase, synthesize and quote, as appropriate; and,
4. Conduct library, academic database, and Internet research.
1. Install Zotero and the browser extension corresponding to your preferred browser.
2. Register for a free account on
Synch your software and your Zotero account
In order for you to access your Zotero library from whatever computer you are on, your Zotero account needs to be synched to your software.
1. Open Zotero in your browser window.
2. Click on the gears icon on your Zotero Toolbar, and select Preferences.

When the Preferences panel opens, click the Sync button at the top. Enter the username and password you created at
Completing this step allows you to save things to the Zotero cloud. You can now access your Zotero library on other computers and share items with others.
Annotated bibliography
As with other bibliographies, an annotated bibliography is a listing of citations of books, articles, images or other resources. An annotated bibliography is distinguished by the brief summary that accompanies each citation. This can summarize the resource’s contents, main ideas and arguments; it can assess or evaluate the resource; and it can discuss the resource’s relevance.

1. Find two (2) online scholarly articles on the global impact of the Haitian Revolution. You can find scholarly articles in databases such as Academic Search Complete, the Digital Library of the Caribbean, the Directory of Open Access Journals, Google Scholar, JSTOR, and Project Muse.
2. Once you have found your two scholarly articles, use Zotero to create the bibliographic entries. Zotero can “grab” this information from most databases. Entries can also be created manually. Store your resources in your own Zotero “My Library.”

When you add a scholarly article to your Zotero My Library make sure the metadata that Zotero “grabbed” for you is as accurate and as complete as possible. Fill in any fields where available data may be missing (e.g. Language). In the right-side pane, you can right click on and highlight any field to make changes.

3. Add a minimum of four (4) relevant “tags” or keywords to each of your sources based on the subject matter of the article. Create one (1) additional tag based on your name formatted in this way – LastnameFirstname ***(Use the Name SainiNareeta).

4. For each article, write an annotation in the Extra field using your own words. The annotation should summarize the source’s contents, main ideas and arguments; assess or evaluate the source; and discuss the source’s relevance to our theme – The Global Impact of the Haitian Revolution.

Check your work
Zotero provides you with a template for your journal articles. It is your responsibility to fill in as many fields as possible and check all fields for accuracy.

Report creation
1. With your Zotero window open, go to your My Library.

While holding down your Ctrl key, left click on the titles of the two articles that you uploaded for this assignment. Once the two titles are highlighted, right click on them to open a drop down menu. Left click on Generate Report from Items.

This will create a report in your browser window. Right click in the window and choose Save Page As. Follow the prompts to create a file using Save as type: Web Page, complete. Your filename should be “Zotero Report – LastnameFirstname” using your last and first names.

4. Upload the file you created to my account for me to view.
This assignment is based on the Annotated Zotero Group Bibliography created and licensed by Brian Croxall under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial- ShareAlike 3.0 United States License; Our Aimé Césaire Researchathon created and licensed by Alex Gil under a Creative Commons By 2.0 license; and Tutorials and Guides: Introduction to Zotero created by Hannah Gascho Rempel and licensed by Oregon State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

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