HUM 389W - Understanding France and the French: History, Culture, and Daily Life

This guide contains some resources that will assist with Paper 2.

Find a topic

Geography, dates, location, gender & age are just a few of the ways you can narrow your research topic. We recommend starting with one of these resources:

  1. CQ Researcher:  Find in-depth background information on controversial and current issues. Browse Recent Reports or By Topic to paper topic ideas. Reports written by CQ staff writers.
  2. CREDO Reference: An excellent source for background information! Credo Reference has 3.2 million entries from more than 450 encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, guides, and atlases in all fields.
  3. Opposing Viewpoints in Context: This Gale portal features a range of perspectives on important issues and related references to bring research on these perspectives to light.
  4. Search in the URSUS catalog for "your topic and Opposing viewpoints" or "your topic and Taking sides". These book series cover the 'pros' and 'cons' of current issues.

This Keyword tutorial from Auburn University is described as:
This resource is intended for those who need to search a library database in order to find sources for research and writing activities.

Learning outcomes:
Recognize that the careful selection of keywords can help focus your research
Apply strategies to select relevant keywords and synonyms for your own research

The Library of Rush University Medical Center has put together this guide that may help with your search.

How to Construct a Search Strategy 

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