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FYS 100: A Generation of Cynics (Cunningham & Guss): Finding Library Resources

Where to start:

Subject-Specific Databases

Streaming Movies:

Interdisciplinary Databases

Search tips

Using search terms:

  • Try breaking down your research topic into key words you will use to conduct a search. Example: "domestic workers AND immigration". 
  • Try conducting your search with a few different words that mean the same things, ie. synonyms, or figure out multiple terms that might encompass your topic. For instance "domestic worker" could mean the same thing as "maid".
  • There are formal subject terms the library uses to categorize resources. We can try to use these official subject terms in our own searches- for example "Women household employees" can be substituted for "domestic worker" or "maid".

Helpful tips to save time:

  • Look on the library shelf, certain non-fiction topics will be grouped together in the catalog and on the shelves according to how they are categorized. For instance many books on domestic labor are grouped under the call number HD6072.


  •  Abstracts and introductions of scholarly articles to save time, and look at book indexes and chapter headings to determine if the book is worth a closer look.

  • Search Google scholar to see what sources others have cited, and (if you are on campus) you can see if the library has it available
  • Look at the citations or footnotes in the articles and books These are sources that you can also draw from, and search Google scholar to see what sources others have cited.
  • Go beyond Onesearch by searching subject specific databases. Since your topic is interdisciplinary, you may want to search several subject-specific databases in areas such as film studies, the humanities and social sciences.
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