Course Research Pages

ENG 102 - English Composition 2

Places to Find General Information on the Period 1940-1974

The People History - News and events by decade.

Calisphere - A World of Primary Sources and More - Includes text and digital images of photographs, posters, ephemera, and diaries from California history, including topics from the 1940s through the 1970s.

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture - Use this online encyclopedia for topic ideas if you are interested in researching something about popular culture in the 1940s through the 1970s; be sure that what you choose fits into the appropriate years.

If you have a topic that might lend itself to visual representation (e.g., advertising in the 1940s), look for contextual material in Google Images.

Finding Background Information

Credo Reference - A good spot for overviews of topics.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - Use for overviews and background information.

Oxford English Dictionary

Finding Books in Bowman Library

Bowman Library Catalog - Search by keyword or subject heading to find books in the Bowman Library collection. The following subject headings might be useful for this assignment.

Finding Articles in Magazines, Newspapers, and Scholarly Journals

EBSCOhost - Contains articles from a wide array of magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals.

Historical New York Times - Full text of The New York Times back to 1851; very useful for putting events into context in the time in which they occurred.

JSTOR - Scholarly articles.

Google Scholar - Provides access to scholarly literature only. Note that the full text is not available for all articles, but it can be ordered via Interlibrary Loan.

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Evaluating Web Resources

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Citing Your Research

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers - LB2369 .G53 2009 (Located in Library Permanent Reserves)