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FYS 100 Civic Journalism and Social Justice (Mullen): Searching the Library

Library Research Guide for Professor Mullen's FYS

Where to Start Searching:

  • Library reference sources & encyclopedias - find background information to help you get started as an alternative to Wikipedia.
  • OneSearch aka the library catalog contains almost ALL of the library's resources- books, media, news sources, scholarly journals, and more.
  • Interlibrary loan - is a service to request books, articles, and more from other libraries if we don't have it at UR.
  • Library research guides - guides curated by librarians on every topic and subject from art to science.
  • Library databases - collections of all different kinds of news, scholarly articles, images, media and more.
  • Google Scholar - a resource outside the library that will show you citations for books and articles which we don't necessarily own, but that you can look for in the library. If you are on campus, you may find links directly to articles in our databases.
  • News research guide- get institutional access to national newspapers

Find Scholarly Articles and News Sources

Scholarly sources aka academic scholarship tends to come from people (like your professors) and is written primarily for an academic community, or others in their field. We should examine scholarly sources with a degree of criticality- though we may not be experts on a topic enough to agree or disagree with certain claims- we can still choose whether or not to engage with the text in our own writing and arguments. This engagement is part of the scholarly conversation.

  • Who is the author? What are their areas of expertise What are the author's credentials or institutional affiliation?
  • Can you trace back citations, bibliographies, or footnotes, showing the author is aware of a body of scholarship relevant to the field?
  • Was it published by an an academic institution or university press? Are they reputable in the field?
  • Is the author's work "peer reviewed" or refereed? Has the work gone through a rigorous editorial process by fellow experts in the field?


Find Media and Images

Find News Sources

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