Welcome to another This Week in Reference!
Students have been coming into the library to find course readings, to
do homework, and to get started on some long-term research assignments.
Some topics that have come across the Research Help Desks have included:
- Biographical material on Elizabeth Loftus
Finding 'liner notes' for 'Smithsonian collection of classic jazz'
Parental attitudes to sending preschoolers to special education
Alzheimer's and family caregiver burden
Greek Civil war
Contemporary fiction about the middle ages
Other interesting questions to come our way (from IM, Email, phone and in person) include:
For help with primary sources, books, and peer-reviewed articles about
Angola and the Cold War, a librarian pointed the student to the
International Studies Research Guide, and used Europa WorldPlus for
background information. Then, they delved into the databases: PAIS,
JSTOR, and Historical Abstracts for articles. And finally, the
librarian recommended searching newspaper databases for additional
primary source material.
A student needed help with a literature review about the experiences of
black women attending predominately white institutions in higher
education. A librarian suggested searching across several different
databases in the fields of women’s studies, education, and psychology
for the phrase “Predominantly White Institution” or “PWI”. The
librarian was also able to show the student how to find memoirs and
personal narratives using the Classic Catalog and WorldCat Local.
To find material about Sister Carrie and economic conditions of
Chicago in the 1890’s, a librarian pointed the student to the resource:
The Value of a Dollar, as well as a publication by the US Department of
Labor. Also of interest were the following books and articles: Women
Adrift: Independent Wage Earners in Chicago, 1880-1930, “Sister Carrie’s
Popular Economy,” and “Sister Carrie and Industrial Life: Objects and
the New American Self.”
A student was looking for information about how the internet has changed
the field of technical writing. The librarian suggested she check the
communications databases as well as Academic Search Complete. An
initial search for the phrases “technical writing” or “technical
documentation” or “technical communication” along with the keywords:
internet or online or web or blogs or wikis (etc.) found some useful
information. However, an additional search for “technical writing” and
the keyword “trends” also proved helpful.
This Week In Reference: Jan 12-18, 2014