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Rhetoric of Freedom (Moser PWR1)

Research Strategy Guide for:
The Rhetoric of Freedom PWR 1
Instructor: Joyce Moser / Winter 2008
Librarian: Malgorzata Schaefer / mschaefe@stanford.edu

The Basics:
To find books and films, use Socrates.
To find journal, newspaper, and/or magazine articles, use a Database.

Note: To open any link in a new window or tab, simply right click on the link and select Open in New Window or Open in New Tab.

REFERENCE MATERIALS
Use reference books to give you an overview, background information, and to find keywords for your topic. Look at the chapter headings or at the index for a breakdown of your subject. Many Reference books will have bibliographies with further sources.

HOW TO FIND A REFERENCE SOURCE:

  • Use Reference Universe (find it on the Databases page). Check the titles in Socrates for exact location.
  • Ask a Librarian (see left top) or browse the 3 reference collections in Green Library: The IC (Information Center), SSRC and HASRC reading rooms have thousands of reference sources chosen by library subject specialists.

Here are some reference books I found:

HOW TO FIND BOOKS

  • Use the library catalog, Socrates, and type in a few keywords to describe your topic. Use Simple Search and Search Everything.
  • Find an interesting book in the list of results. Look at the Detailed Record. Note the Subject Headings (LC) and the Call Number/Location. Click on “Nearby Items on Shelf” to find other books on similar topics.
  • Click on the link for Subject Heading (LC), or use part or all of the subject heading in a New Search.
  • Use the Call Number to find a relevant book in the stacks, and browse the shelves for other related books.

Some examples of appropriate Socrates Subject Headings
Click on the Subject button after you type in your search.

A sample of books I found:

HOW TO FIND FILMS

  • Use Combined Search in Socrates and limit the Format to Films/Visual.
  • You can do a Subject search for Documentaries.

HOW TO FIND ARTICLES
Try a database. You can select by large subject groupings, then click on the + sign next to the database to get a description; or click on Not Sure Which Database to Use to get started.

General databases - these are good initial databases to try since they have multidisciplinary coverage

Examples of Subject-specific Databases

Examples of News Databases

SEE ALSO
Research Guides for Other PWR Sections

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