Class will be meeting today (October 4) in Library Classroom 2.
Please bring your topic paragraphs and keywords with you to turn in.
We will be using your keywords for in-class searching.
Your short topic paper is due in class on Thursday, October 4.
Please bring a print copy of your paper to class to be turned in.
In this paper, I'll be looking for:
A paragraph (or two, or however many work for you) outlining:
A list of five keywords or phrases that you think might be useful for starting to search for materials
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This assignment is meant to help you sort out possible search terms and starting points for finding your 10 primary sources related to your topic.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, concerns, etc. about your topic over the course of the semester!
Many libraries and organizations are making digital materials available online.
To find these collections, use this search string in Google or another search engine, in addition to keywords relevant to your topic, for example:
digital collection site:.edu [YOUR KEYWORD/WORDS HERE]
You can also try the same search limiting to site:org rather than site:edu BUT:
EDU = educational institution
In this era of "fake news," don't just trust the information you see on a website's "About Us" tab or page.
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Questions to ask when you are assessing freely available online primary-source collections:
Use Google and other sources to research the authors, organizations, or institutions responsible for the page and for its funding. Don't just trust the About page!
Selected database collections. These are GSU subscription resources requiring a campus ID and password for off-campus access.
For a full list of our subscription databases (including primary-source digital collections) see our Databases A-Z list.
For historical periodical databases, see the Historical Periodicals tab.
For historical newspaper databases, see the Historical Newspapers tab/guide.
I expect to be adding more trustworthy online collections here as class goes on and as we work with your particular topics.
Umbra and DPLA are excellent starting points for primary sources on a broad range of topics.
All of these historical newspaper databases are ProQuest products, meaning that searching will work the same way in all of them (so, once you've tried searching in the New York Times one in class, you'll be familiar with how to start searching in any of these databases).
For more information about GSU's newspaper holdings, see the Newspapers research guide.
See also our Government Information guide.
Depending on your topic, you might want to identify government sources (Congressional testimony, for example) and/or Supreme Court cases.
These online collections include digital versions of many out-of-copyright works including government documents, historical magazines and other periodicals, and books published before 1923. Coverage can be spotty, but these sites are worth searching... just in case.