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Submitted by email@example.com on Sat, 11/29/2008 - 15:48.
I'm looking for primary sources from Parliament members, British officials, or merchants involved in the opium trade. I'm starting with Parliamentary debates leading around 1840-1842, and was wondering if there's an easier way to do this than going into the stacks and looking at the index books for those years.
Relevant databases are listed on our British and Commonwealth history databases page, including the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers database and the Times of London archive (newspapers are good for finding public records of the day). You can also try the UK National Archives, which has a good search engine and lots of public records besides the Parliamentary Papers (but the site charges, so try to find sources in the other databases first.)
One other strategy for finding primary materials is to scan the bibliographies in the secondary literature. You can also search Searchworks for the subject "China History Opium War" and you'll find lots of material (use the combined search if you want to delete titles written in Chinese).
You may also want to broaden your search terms for things like Anglo-Chinese War, British East India Company, trade, and China (within certain time frames), geographies like Canton and Macao, names like Lin Zexu (Chinese commissioner of Canton), Lord Napier, etc.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 13:54.
Where can I find information on prison reform and state level policy information?
You can find books on prison reform by searching Searchworks with terms such as "prisons" and "reform."
To find state level bills, statutes, and regulations, try LexisNexis. There, you can track bills at the state and federal level, and find summaries of state laws and regulations related to prison reform for each state.
To locate scholarly articles, try databases like Sociological Abstracts and Worldwide Political Science Abstracts. For both mainstream and alternative newspaper articles, check databases such as Access World News United States Newspapers, AltPress Watch, Ethnic Newswatch, and LexisNexis.
Finally, many non-profit advocacy groups follow prison reform issues. Organizations you might want to check include California Progress Report, Prison Policy Initiative, Justice Policy Institute, Federal Prison Policy Project, Prison Warehouse ,Western Prison Project, and November Coalition.
Submitted by email@example.com on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 13:01.
What does General Electric Company do for the military, and how much are they paid?
Many non-profit organizations have done research on this topic. I recommend starting there. For example:
If you want to conduct more comprehensive research, you can check government sources. The Federal Inspector General releases auditing information, as do Federal agencies like the Defense Contract Management Agency. Stanford has an extensive government document collection, and you can search our catalog to locate specific documents.
Also, you'll want to check company profiles using business databases (Note: the business library has more databases on company research). Finally, you can check news articles using our various news databases.