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Callinan English 201 -- Orientation Handout  


UNDERSTANDING THE ASSIGNMENT
 

MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr.

Search King, Martin Luther Jr. as an AUTHOR and as a SUBJECT in library catalog.

The Martin Luther King Papers Project

The King Center

Martin Luther King.org  (use your web site evaluation skills here!)

HOW TO FIND AUTHORITATIVE WEB SITES:

Use a subject or web directory that employs real people to select Web sites, such as Librarian's Index to the Internet http://lii.org, or the Internet Scout Project http://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/Current/, or Infomine from UC Riverside http://infomine.ucr.edu/

EVALUATING WEB SITES

There are numerous guides on the Web. Here are a few favorites:

Evaluating Information Found on the Internet 
Web Evaluation
(Powerpoint presentation - view in Internet Explorer)

Remember:

·       When searching for background and analysis on an event or movement that happened in the past – such as the Vietnam War, the abolition of slavery, “the Sixties,” the farm worker’s movement – your best sources will still be BOOKS. In the decades (or more) since the event happened, scholars have studied it, conducted research and analyses, published books or chapters in subject encyclopedias, written dissertations, etc.

·       Conducting a search for journal articles ABOUT such a past event or movement will usually turn up book reviews of new books dealing with the topic, incidental mentions of the event compared to a similar event happening now, or sometimes nothing at all!

·       Online databases generally index journal articles from the mid-80’s onwards – therefore, if you are looking for articles that were published at the time of the event, you will need to consult a print index, such as “Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature.”

·       Generally, in-depth coverage of an individual (in terms of their biography and the impact they have had on society) is best found in BOOKS or a biographical source such as “Current Biography” [print] or Biography Research Center [online database].

·       To tease out articles on complex topics, you need to first find appropriate subject terms, then experiment using combinations of fields, date ranges, and article types.

·       Effective researching is a time-consuming process (so don't leave it to the last minute)

POLITICAL ACTIVISTS/GROUPS

Each individual/group has a link to a web site. For additional information about individuals and groups, search our library catalog. See also other databases on the library web site such as the Biography Resource Center  and Britannica Online.

Note: In addition to the web sites suggested for Harriet Tubman, the Black Panthers, Symbionese Liberation Army, Chicago Seven and many of the historical persons and groups listed above, see reference books  
for example:

  • American Reformers
  • Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
  • Africana : the Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience
  • Violence in America

 All are on 2nd floor of the Library.


EVENTS & CAUSES    Search the library catalog for each of these events.

1) Seattle World Trade Organization protests & riots in 2000

2) UC Berkeley Vietnam War protests

3) Boston Tea Party - see general encyclopedias, reference books and search the library catalog.

4) Chinese students in Tiananmen Square 


PROQUEST SEARCH STRATEGIES

Use SUBJECT terms from the PQ Thesaurus such as:

ACTIVISM

ANTI WAR ORGANIZATIONS

POLITICAL DISSENT

DEMONSTRATIONS & PROTESTS

alone or in combination with

COMPANY or ORGANIZATION terms such as:

ACT UP

GREENPEACE

SYMBIONESE LIBERATION ARMY

WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION


SAMPLE SEARCHES IN PROQUEST

Example 1:  Greenpeace  (Company/Org)  AND  tactics  (Citation and Abstract)

Example 2:  World Trade Organization (Company/Org)  AND  demonstrations & protests (Subject)

Look under individual tabs for “Scholarly Journals”  “Magazines”   “Trade Publications” and “Newspapers”

Example 3:  Vietnam War (Subject)   AND   demonstrations & protests (Subject)

Example 4:  Tiananmen Square (Subject) AND demonstrations & protests (Subject)  AND article type (Commentary)

Example 5:  civil disobedience (Subject)  

Restrict to "Scholarly Journals" and Article Type = "Feature"

Example 6: search for Harvey Milk


Last updated: 07/06 RB

 

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