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Your Source for American Studies Resources

Using this Guide:

This page was designed to assist you with your research for AMS 200: Introduction to American Studies, in particular the "Current Events in Historical Contexts" presentation project. You can navigate this guide using the tabs at the top of the page. 

Current Events: Responses - This page provides you with links to readings regarding the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Rolling Stone cover, the Miley Cyrus VMA performance, and the Supeme Court's repeal of DOMA.

Using HillSearch - You can use MacPhaidin Library's HillSearch catalog to search for print and electronic books, journal articles available in print and online, DVDs, musical recordings and much more.

Using Library Databases - This page provides you with information about searching the library's databases for additional information. Using the Trayvon Martin case as an example, this page uses screen shots to illustrate effective search strategies and explains the importance of reviewing abstracts and examining subject terms in order to modify your search.

Statistical Sources: This page provides you with a partial list of websites and library materials that provide statistical sources on a variety of topics including crime and punishment, population and demographics and public education. If you are looking for statistics and ca not find them using the resources on this page, please ask a librarian for assistance.

Google 101:  This page will provide you with a variety of suggestions for conducting more productive Google searches. Among the topics addressed on this page are using quotations to search for items as a phrase, using Google to search specific websites and evaluating the results of your Google search for reliability and credibility.

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