Southeastern Michigan Bibliography

A resource guide for students, educators, researchers, Michiganders, and everyone else


Is this a comprehensive annotated bibliography on Southeastern Michigan materials?

  • No. At current, this is an edited collection. As the project continues, more materials will be added. While the goal is to create an annotated bibliography that is as comprehensive as possible, it will always be a work in progress.

Are the materials here only academic or are there some popular items as well?

  • The books in this collection range from academic materials to popular photographic collections. The goal is to provide a range of materials that will meet the needs of users. That said, the books in the collection have been chosen because they stand out as most cited and/or relevant to the goals of the project.

Are the materials only about Detroit?

  • No. The items in this collection are about Southeastern Michigan, in general. However, the reader might notice that Detroit materials dominate the annotated bibliography – this is due to the importance of the Detroit metropolitan area in Southeastern Michigan.

What types of items are included?

  • In its first incarnation, the annotated bibliography focuses primarily on books although a few popular press items are also included. In the future, the collection will include journal articles, films, fiction, visual images, and other materials. Our plan is to provide a robust site where users can find materials that not only meet information needs and interests but also enhance them through the provision of items from other media and genres.

Can I suggest materials and if so, are there guidelines? Who do I contact?

  • Yes, please do! You will find a contact form on the About page of this blog. At this point, we are interested in all materials available about Southeastern Michigan but especially books, films, fiction, and exhibits.

Why have you made this blog? What do you hope people will do with this annotated bibliography?

  • The background on this project – the whys, whens, whos, whats, and such – are discussed on the Teaching in Context page; readers from the Eastern Michigan University community should especially review this page. In general though, we want readers to use this resource as a guide to materials on Southeastern Michigan and Detroit. We expect that some people will use it for research and/or teaching while others will use it to learn more information about their communities. For example, someone might search for books on a specific topic and then move on to looking for related films and visual images. We’re not picky about how people will use it – we just want to provide a resource that can further information, knowledge, and curiosity about this area.

How do I search the annotated bibliography? Is there a method to its classification?

  • There are five broad categories under which materials are organized: 1)Culture, Style, and the Arts; 2)Economy, Industry, and Labor; 3)Geography, Places, and Architecture; 4)History, Politics, and Power; and 5)People, Community, and Social Issues. Each item is also labelled with a series of tags or keyword to assist the user with navigating materials more easily. On the sidebar, users will see a list of category headings and at the bottom of the blog, the user will find a cloud of commonly used tags. Clicking on any of these labels will produce a list of materials. You can also search for a particular item by name or keyword.

What happens if I click on an entry’s bibliographic information?

  • Because this project grew out of Eastern Michigan University, entries directly link to EMU library’s portal page when possible. When an item is not in EMU’s holdings, you will be directed to WorldCat; from there, you can see if nearby libraries have the item in question.

Do the book entries follow a particular citation style? 

  • Yes, thanks for asking! We have used the Chicago Manual of Style author-date system, which features the full names of authors. However, it is important to note that because of formatting limitations native to the blog, citations do not have hanging indents, which are standard for this citation style. Thus, for example,  if you cut and paste from this blog for a paper, your material should have a hanging indent starting on the second line. We hope to be able to address this issue as the blog develops and eventually align our entries 100% with the Chicago Manual of Style.

How do I cite this blog?

  • Commonly people face challenges when citing blogs, social media, and other forms of electronic materials. There are numerous guides available online and for purchase but here are a few issues to consider. When citing material, make sure to include:
    • author of entry if one is listed, or if not, then no author
    • title of entry
    • title of blog (in this case: Southeastern Michigan Bibliography)
    • date of entry
    • url of entry
  • The following online Bedford Handbook by Diana Hacker is a great resource. You can find it here.
  • Purdue University also has helpful materials for citing sources through their Online Writing Lab, or OWL. Here is a link to a section on how to cite electronic materials.
  • Eastern Michigan University also has a series of citation guides including information on how to use widely available citation tools. You can find this information here.
  • Other organizations also have information about how to properly attribute materials. Check with your local public, private, or university library to see what materials are available to assist you. Many libraries have online information available as well as xeroxed guide sheets.
  • Examples – Coming Soon!




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