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About this guide
The resources on this guide are split into three categories:
- Finding Background Information
The resources in this box can point you to reference materials and other contextualizing sources to get you up to speed on your topic: understanding background and timelines, learning who key players and communities are, and understanding multiple sides of the issue.
- Finding Information on Current Events
These sources will point you to contemporary news stories about the issues, events, and places you might be studying, providing you with information about how they are currently playing out in the world.
- Finding Research Resources
Research sources in this box focus on scholarly work--research appearing in peer-reviewed scholarly journals--which documents the research that has been undertaken on your topic. This might include medical/biological research, qualitative research in affected communities, or experimental research in a variety of disciplines.
Finding Background Information
CQ Researcher Plus Archive
Archive of Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Reports on congressional activities, providing historical context and views on issues, information about legislation and more.
Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and reference books covering a wide variety of subjects.
Oxford Reference Online
Five simultaneous users only.
Reference books in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences.
You can also browse the Reference Section on the 2nd Floor of Bird Library (near the staircase from the first floor) for a wide variety of reference books.
Finding Information On Current Events
Databases covering a broad range of subject areas including business, economics, education, humanities, literature, news, social sciences, science and technology and more.
U.S. news content from the 1980s to present, including newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites, and content from the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Wall Street Journal, as well as local and regional newspapers.
Alternative and independent press newspapers, magazines, and journals, from 1970 to present.
Newspapers, magazines, and journals published by ethnic and minority presses.
Current local, regional and international newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries in 60 languages, displayed in their original format and accessible by country, language, or title.
Also consider searching SUMMON on the library's homepage to see results across a very wide spectrum of news and research sources. Don't forget to use the filters to isolate the various types of results.
Finding Scholarly Sources
This is only a small selection of very focused databases that cut across many contemporary issues of study. To locate additional databases, check out the SU Libraries' Databases Menu or consult a librarian.
Remember, the process of conducting research and having it published in a journal moves a lot more slowly than the popular media. If you are searching on a topic that is unfolding in the news media *right now* you should consider the underlying issues and related topics that might have had time to appear in the scholarly publications. Then you can make connections between that work and your current event.
Abstracts of publications covering advertising, discourse, linguistics, media studies, speech-language pathology, and other communication fields.
Index to publications covering the environment, sustainability, green buildings, energy, recycling and more.
Publications related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.
Articles, news stories, books and reports and archival content focusing on gender.
Race Relations Abstracts
Index and abstracts to articles covering race relations, ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and more.
Film & Television Literature Index
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Index to journals and magazines covering cinematography, television, production, reviews and more.
Applied Science & Technology Full Text
Trade, professional and technical society journals and magazines, covering applied sciences, computing, engineering and more from 1983 to present.
SPORTDiscus with Full Text
Four simultaneous users only.
Index to publications and documents covering physical education, exercise, sports medicine, kinesiology, training, sport administration, biomechanics, movement, injury prevention, rehabilitation, and more.