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English 102

  1.   What is a Research Guide?

‚ÄčA list of recommended tools (e.g. databases) used to discover information on a topic. Research guides also contain tips on how to use different tools. Liaison librarians create research guides for their assigned University programs. This research guide will help you find information for your collaborative project. 

  1. Databases search basics
  2. Current trends and viewpoints
  3. Scholarly sources
  4. Statistical reports
  5. Public opinion
  6. Local resources

Databases search basics

Current trends and viewpoints

  • CQ Researcher - ELECTRONIC
    Browse or search in-depth reports written by seasoned journalists on current major and controversial issues of the day. Reports include summaries, pro/con arguments, maps and charts, bibliographies, timelines and more.
  • An online library of current event topics: the facts as well as the arguments of each topic's proponents and detractors. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center's unique features include Viewpoint articles and access to statistics and government data placed in context.

Popular News Sources

  • Provides extensive coverage of US and world newspapers, professional/trade publications, tv and radio broadcast news transcripts and blogs 
  • Full text of the New York Times from 1980 to present (no images). Full text of New York Times Magazine and New York Time Book Review from 1997 to present.

Scholarly sources

  • Summon - ELECTRONIC
    Search most of the library's databases as well as the library's catalog using this customized search box - located on the library's homepage under the "Articles & More" tab.
  • Google Scholar - WWW
    Specialized search engine for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Clicking on a source title listed in Google Scholar results will not lead you to free full text access to the source. Click the GetIt@Drexel link near the source record to access the full text through one of the Libraries' subscription resources. From off-campus, add Drexel University in the Library Links in Google Scholar Preferences.
  • DU Libraries: Databases by Subject - WWW
    For more focused searches, identify the area(s) of research for your issue, and search for sources using a subject database. For example, if you are researching an issue in higher education, select Education from the database subject list.

Statistical reports

  • Search.gov - WWW
    Government agenices collect and analyze data on a variety of societal issues. This specialized search engine is for government websites only. E.g. Philadelphia AND crime
  • DU Libraries: Statistical Resources Research Guide  - WWW
    A more complete list of resources for finding local, federal, and international datasets and statistics on health, economics, demographics, and more.

 Public opinion

  • Roper Center iPoll - ELECTRONIC

    iPOLL is and up-to-date source for US nationwide public opinion polls. It is full-text retrieval system organized at the question-level, and includes nearly a half million questions asked on national public opinion surveys since 1935. The data is updated daily.

  • Gallup - WWW
    Gallup News reports empirical evidence about the world's 7 billion citizens based on Gallup's continuous polling in 160 countries
  • Pew Research Center - WWW
    Online portal for datsets, poll results, and reports from a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research.

Resources for local information

  • City of Philadelphia: Official website - WWW
  • Philadelphia Research Initiative - WWW
    Funded by Pew Charitable Trusts, provides timely, impartial research and analysis on key issues facing the city of Philadelphia. Visit the Reports and Briefs section of the PRI Website.
  • Philadelphia Inquirer - ELECTRONIC

    Complete full-text content of local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community.

  • The Triangle - WWW
    Drexel University's independent student newspaper published weekly; covers campus and Philadelphia news, sports and entertainment as it affects the Drexel community. Each issue also contains commentaries.

For a more complete list of Philadelphia resources, visit the following online research guides developed by neighboring university libraries:

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