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US Intervention in Angola and Sister Carrie

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
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