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FYS 100: (House)Keeping Inequalities (Vazquez): Getting Started

This course is an interdisciplinary and comparative exploration on the representations of live-in maids in social imaginary, with an emphasis on theoretical reasoning about social exclusion and identity.

Useful links to get started:

  • OneSearch- a discovery tool that searches most of the library's collections, including books, journal articles, periodicals, movies and more.
  • Google Scholar- search for citations for articles and conference papers.
  • Wikipedia - a free online encyclopedia, created and edited by volunteers, hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Library reference sources & encyclopedias - find quick reference and/or background information through the library's reference resources.

Research Tips

Not sure where to start? Here's a few tips to jumpstart your research:

  • Do some preliminary research about your topic, so you have enough information to find relevant resources- find a reference source, scholarly article or look at a website like Wikipedia for basic background information.
  • Use different keywords and combinations of keywords to conduct a search for articles and more. If you are searching for information about the representations of domestic workers in art, try looking by using the terms "art AND maids". Narrow your search further by using the titles of specific works, artists, time periods, places, or types of art (photos, film, paintings, etc.)
  • 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. The term "domestic workers" could be substituted with "housekeepers", or "maids".
  • Figure out what kinds of sources you need to draw from and how you will use this information to support your arguments.  You may need to find peer reviewed, scholarly journal articles, books, and essays in edited volumes, or you may draw from the organizational websites of domestic worker unions. Understand the differences between these types of sources and how both can be valuable.
  • If you find a useful book or article- always look at the citations or footnotes. These are sources that you can also draw from.
  • Read abstracts of scholarly articles, glance at book indexes, and scan chapter headings to determine if a source is worth a closer look.
  • Search Google scholar to see what sources others have cited.
  • Go beyond Onesearch by searching subject specific databases. Since this topic is interdisciplinary, you may want to search several subject-specific databases in areas such as women's studies, topics in im/migration, or labor- spanning the humanities and social sciences.

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