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The Middle East and Discrimination in Education

Lots of textbook requests and questions about the new website, but thats not all!  Other topics coming to us this past week include:

  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Peace, conflict, and diplomacy in the Middle East
  • 19th century Irish immigration
  • Term limits

And, an in-depth look at some conversations weve had via IM, in person, through email, or over the phone:

We had a  student ping through on IM looking for articles on the history of social order and education.  He was understandably overwhelmed with an initial search that retrieved over 23,000 articles.  Realizing that the key words social order and education were overly broad, the librarian worked with the researcher to find some ways to narrow the search.  They tried again, focusing on the issues of race and class exclusion in education through history, using the terms: racial or race, discrimination or segregation, history, and education.  The librarian also suggested using books, since they can cover more information than articles for such a complex topic.  One especially good book they found was: In Browns Wake: Legacies of Americas Educational Landmark.

This Week in Reference: August 24-30, 2014

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