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LIBRARY GUIDE TO COM 4901 - Senior Research Seminar

Why use library resources?
Anyone can make a webpage. Do you want to find out about the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus? Just click here! But this website is a hoax! Someone developed this website to show you how easy it is to put anything on the web.

When you do a Google search, you're searching about 10% of the information that's available on the web. This iceberg image shows that more information is available in the deep web, but it's information that has been evaluated. Usually you need a password to access information in the deep web, and that's what happens when you use library databases. Your OU ID is your password, so you have access to quality information through the library's website!
Find Articles
Library OneSearch - use Library OneSearch when seeking interdisciplinary research. Click Newspapers to retrieve those since they don't appear in standard Library OneSearch results. For example, search "Royal Oak, Michigan" racial to find articles on racial incidents in Royal Oak.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Thanks to Mel Opposing Viewpoints in Context
The premier full-text resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Terrorism to Endangered Species, Stem Cell Research to Gun Control. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints; brings together all the information that’s needed to fully understand an issue: pro and con viewpoint articles, reference articles that provide context, full-text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, primary source documents, government and organizational statistics, multimedia, including images and podcasts, links to hand-selected web sites, and more!  Thanks to MeL. How to export to RefWorks

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff JSTOR
Full text of core scholarly journals from their beginning to approximately one year ago. Disciplines include botany, business, ecology, general science, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and statistics. Browsable by discipline and full-text searchable across all disciplines. Especially good for historic or classic articles in most fields. Coverage: 1665 to present. How to export to RefWorks

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Communication & Mass Media Complete
This resource "offers cover-to-cover (“core”) indexing and abstracts for more than 550 journals, and selected (“priority”) coverage of nearly 200 more, for a combined coverage of 737 titles. Furthermore, this database includes full text for over 440 journals."
Newspaper articles
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Detroit Free Press Historical
Covers several editions of the Detroit Free Press from 1831-1999.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Chicago Defender (Proquest Historical Newspapers)
Covers several editions of the Chicago Defender newspaper from 1909-1975.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff New York Times Historical
Offers full-text, full-image articles of The New York Times, going back to 1851. The database can be used to search national and international news, editorials, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, plus historical photos and advertisements. The documents are downloadable in PDF format. How to export to RefWorks

Library OneSearch - Click Newspapers to retrieve those since they don't appear in standard Library OneSearch results. For example, search "Royal Oak, Michigan" racial to find articles on racial incidents in Royal Oak.
Primary Resources
Making of America - is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.

AP Images - "is the world's largest collection of historical and contemporary photos." Source: AP Images website.

Smithsonian Institution Archives - Explores all 54,137 records that document the Smithsonian's people, events, buildings, exhibits, and research.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff World Newsreels Online: 1929-1966
Streaming video capturing full runs of many of the key international newsreels produced during the early twentieth century.

See other primary resource material by viewing Professor Daniel's HST 4980 coursepage.
Ask a Librarian
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions Find answers to frequent questions. Make suggestions for new FAQs, too!

Chat with a librarian: 24/7

In-Person Reference Assistance: make an appointment

Research Consultation - make an appointment for an individual session with a librarian for research assistance.

Email - send your question via email to ref@oakland.edu

Phone - 248.370.4426
Writing Help

Writing Resources for Students
Find in-depth information about the mechanics of writing, MLA/APA citations, avoiding plagiarism, and more.

Writing Center
The consultants can help you with every stage of the writing process.

Does the library have the article I need?
Use Library OneSearch to see if we have access to a journal article. For example, if you needed the following article, you could search Library OneSearch by entering in a portion of the article title: "Flint water crisis an analysis"
  • Flint water crisis: An analysis of public relations as a mediator between human and corporate persons, Public Relations Review, March 2018, Volume 44, Issue 1, pages 47-55.
 We do have the article online so you'll be able to see the full-text in PDF format.

 If we don't have your article electronically or in-print, you can order the article through InterLibrary Loan using ILLiad. It's a free service but allow a couple of days for the article to become available.

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Library Contact
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Kristine Condic

Office: 236 Kresge Library
Contact me at: salomon@oakland.edu



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