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Get Started: Find a Song, Find an Issue
A Quick List I Made on YouTube
Just one example of a way to filter the huge world of popular music down to some choices you can deal with. You are not confined to these, but they can get you thinking. RECOMMENDED:
Make a list of your own using a song title or a social issue (e.g. race and poverty) and the word "songs." EXAMPLE:
I also found this VIDEO
in YouTube while looking for some videos that addressed cultural appropriation in music, Something useful to identify a possible claim and what someone else is saying about a social issue.
RECOMMENDED: Type your social issue (e.g. "wealth inequality") and the word "songs" to generate a list of links to sites that list relevant songs; OR add the word "debate" instead of songs to generate a list of sites that explore a range of perspectives on your issue.
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: General encyclopedias as well as subject-specific ones covering the range of research across the curriculum.
RECOMMENDED: GALE E-BOOKS, SOCIAL SCIENCE SECTION, SEARCH YOUR ISSUE TO GET THE PERSPECTIVES OF A CROSS-SECTION OF SOCIAL SCIENCES.
Useful Databases for Finding Sources for Research
E-Newspapers, Media, Maps & More
NOTE: WHAT IS BEING REPORTED IN NEWSPAPERS PLUS STREAMING VIDEOS (in the section Video & Streaming Video)
Academic Search Complete
General interest sources in all fields. NOTE: THESE TEND TO BE THE SOURCES WHERE YOU WILL FIND MATERIALS ABOUT SOCIAL ISSUES GENERALLY, PUBLISHED SOURCES WRITING OR TALKING ABOUT ASPECTS OF THE ISSUE YOU ARE ADDRESSING. YOU WILL ADD THESE VOICES TO YOUR OWN IN MAKING YOUR CLAIM AND SUPPORTING IT. THEY WILL ALSO HELP YOU IDENTIFY THE "STAKES" OR SIGNIFICANCE OF YOUR CLAIM.
UW Libraries Search
Search for books, e-books, articles, videos and other source types. NOTE: PRIMARILY FOR FINDING THE SOURCES YOU WILL USE TO CREATE A CONVERSATION ABOUT YOUR CLAIM. INCLUDES ALL THE BOOKS, VIDEOS, CDs, AND MORE IN THE UW LIBRARIES.
Access World News
NOTE: WHAT IS BEING REPORTED IN NEWSPAPERS. THIS AND THE NEXT LINK INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL NEWS SOURCES OR FOREIGN PERSPECTIVES ON YOUR ISSUE.
WHAT IS BEING REPORTED IN NEWSPAPERS AROUND THE WORLD
Expository Writing Librarian
General Help Resources for Using Libraries and Databases | Stuff that may be helpful as you run into challenges in your research and writing
Undergraduate Researcher Tutorial
"...a self-paced online tutorial that introduces undergraduate students to research skills and UW Libraries resources and services. The tutorial content was created based on needs identified by student researchers, faculty research mentors, and the Undergraduate Research Program."
Odegaard Writing & Research Center
Make an appointment with a Librarian and/or a writing tutor.
As scholars and information consumers, you must choose the best and most reliable information that meets your research needs. This guide provides four strategies for being a Savvy Information Consumer. NOTE: THESE TIPS APPLY TO INFORMATION YOU FIND ANYWHERE..
MLA Style Guide
A UW Libraries page to help you format your paper and references
Google is the largest search engine. Approximately 70% of web users use Google to search. How do you search Google? Get better results from this resource than you thought was possible.
This guide supports anyone trying to locate information available through the Deep/Invisible Web.
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