Submitted by email@example.com on Sat, 11/29/2008 - 16:19.
I am doing a paper on the social impact of the Beatles. Can you help me find sources?
A Searchworks search with keywords "Beatles social aspects" returns several good book titles (note the Subject Headings "Beatles" and "Rock Music Social Aspects"): for example, All You Need is Love to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb: How the Beatles and U2 Changed the World.
For articles, use the databases: Sociological Abstracts and Historical Abstracts. Search for keyword: Beatles, or Beatles Social Aspects, or similar terms. (Be careful of the database records that say Dissertation Abstracts, because Stanford is unlikely to have non-Stanford dissertations.)
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 Sun, 11/23/2008 - 23:30.
I'm writing a seminar paper about Stanford students' diets in comparison to the diets of students at other colleges. Where should I start?
You might not be able to find anything specifically about Stanford students' diets; but you might want to read some articles about college students' eating habits in general, then compare the findings to your observations about Stanford students.
One source for journal articles is Academic OneSource, available as a link from our database page. Go to the Expanded Academic ASAP search page and click on Advanced Search at the top of the page. Then type keywords such as "College Students" AND "Eating habits" (you can also specify things you don't want to find--e.g., "NOT 'Eating disorders'").
Another place to explore is the University Wire on LexisNexis (also accessible from the databases page, and also known as "Lexis Nexis Academic Universe"). On the main LexisNexis page, click on the "Guided News Search" tab at the top. Select "University News" from the News Category pulldown menu, then select news source: University Wire. This indexes full-text articles from college papers, including the Stanford Daily. Note that the default date range is the last 6 months; you can get more (or fewer) articles by choosing a different range. You have to experiment with search words, and play around with choosing for your keywords to be in Headlines or in all text.
To find additional articles, you can use our other databases, such as ProQuest Social Science Module, ERIC (an education database), or Medline. All of these are available on the databases page.
One more avenue is websites of various universities' campus dining services--for example, Stanford Dining. By comparing the dining options of various universities, you may be able to draw some conclusions about the diet of Stanford students.
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