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This guide is designed to provide you with quick and easy access to library resources for your assignments and speeches. Click on the tabs at the top of the guide to access the background information, books, articles, and usefull links. 

If you get stuck, stop by the reference desk, call me, e-mail me, or IM a librarian. We’re here to help you find any materials that you need to succeed with your papers and projects. 

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    Statistical Abstract of the United States

    The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. This is a great source for statistics to support your argument.

    Available online or in print in the library's reference collection:  REF DOC C 3.134 2011


    Select a Research Topic

    • Choose a topic that interests you
    • Read through background information
    • Write out your topic as a statement and select the main concepts
    • Start making a list of words to describe your topic

    Having trouble deciding what to write about? Try looking at the links below to get some ideas:


    • CQ Researcher Plus Archive
      CQ Researcher Online provides news and analysis of American government, politics, history, public policy, current affairs, and controversial topics. Each report contains a synopsis and discussion of the issue, a pro/con section and bibliography.

    • Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
      Academic Search Premier is a great starting place for any topic. It covers all subject areas, includes articles from both popular magazines and scholarly journals, and has loads of full text.
    • Times Topics
      Times Topics links to a collection of NY Times articles in full text.
    • Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)
      Communication & Mass Media Complete is the most robust communication specific research database for communication. You can find scholarly and magazine articles in all areas of communications.

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    Find Background Information

    Looking for an overview of important events, a historical perspective, bibliographic references and definitions of terms or concepts? Many useful reference works are now available online.


    • Credo Reference (Credo Reference)
      Credo Reference is an excellent e-reference solution that covers over 550 highly-regarded titles of encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, biographical resources, and much more!
    • Oxford English Dictionary
      Traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources.
    • Occupational Outlook Handbook
      Occupational Outlook Handbook includes information about the nature of work, working conditions, training and education, earnings, and job outlook for hundreds of different types of jobs.occupations.


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