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Sitcoms and Potato Famine

This week, research topics were diverse and interesting, and included:
  • Irish Potato Famine
  • Gender wage gap in Illinois
  • David Alfaro Siqueiros 
  • Orem's self care deficit
  • Unionization of college athletes
And, some other conversations weve had via IM, in person, email, or over the phone:
A student pinged into our IM service, asking for help finding educational statistics for prison inmates.  The librarian shared our Criminal Justice Research Guide and then suggested the U.S. Department of Justice website, where they found just the right data.
A student needed help finding sources on the history of sitcoms.  The librarian suggested that they start by searching for articles, using several databases at once, including Communication & Mass Media Complete, Film & Television Literature Index, the Humanities Index, America: History & Life, and others.  They searched with keywords Sitcoms and History and found some very useful material.  The librarian then helped the student find books in our collection, including: The Columbia History of American Television, the 2-volume Comedy : A Geographic and Historical Guide (with a chapter called Television Sitcoms), and The Sitcom Reader : America Viewed and Skewed.

A researcher was looking for medical articles discussing how a diagnosis is made for a person in a persistent vegetative state.  The librarian first recommended searching PubMed, with the Medical Subject Heading: Persistent Vegetative State.  The librarian then suggested using the National Guideline Clearinghouse, a resource from the US Department of Health and Human Services, to find other definitions and assessment techniques.   Finally, the librarian advised looking at relevant professional organizations for additional material, including: American Neurological Association, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

This Week in Reference: Feb 23-28, 2014
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