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Spark 001 - Life & Death in the Old West (Torres-Rouff)

Resources & strategies for newspaper assignment


Wondering how to access, locate, and use information sources?  This guide will provide information to support your research endeavors.

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Goals & Outcomes

Goal: Equip you with resources and strategies for your Newspaper Analysis assignment.


By the end of this session, you will be able to

  • locate and access a historical newspapers (~1840-1910) online.
  • identify whether or not a book or article is a scholarly source.
  • use resources and search strategies to find scholarly books and articles.

Session Outline

Part 1: (5 min.)

  • Outcomes
  • Outline

Part II: Locating a Newspaper (30 min)

  • Readex Platform
  • Gale Platform
  • Chronicling America (Library of Congress)
  • Activity: Locate and download one issue of a newspaper

Part III: About Scholarly Sources / Locating Scholarly Sources (35 min.)

  • Characteristics of scholarly sources
    • Samples, Review Together
    • Samples, Poll Questions
  • Keywords
  • Search Strategies Check-In
  • Using UC Library Search & Subject Headings
  • Activity: Explore databases. Answer questions.

Part IV: Wrap-Up (10 min.)

  • Questions
  • Contact Sara
  • Feedback on session

Library Instructor

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Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco
KL 275
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